Fiscal Balance in Austria
In line with FocusEconomics panelists’ expectations, the economy shrank 0.3% sequentially in Q1 (Q4: 0.0% s.a. qoq). Contractions in government expenditure and exports more than outweighed growth in private consumption and investment. On a sectorial level, the service sector’s soft performance drove the slowdown. Looking at Q2, available data has been downbeat. April’s business confidence and manufacturing PMI readings were below Q1’s averages. Consumer confidence was broadly in line with Q1’s average, remaining in negative territory. Additionally, ECB rate hikes are likely hurting investment and construction activity this quarter. In contrast, household consumption should be buoying activity, supported by declining inflation on average in Q2 relative to Q1.
Austria Fiscal Balance Chart
Austria Fiscal Balance Data
|Fiscal Balance (% of GDP)||-0.8||0.2||0.6||-8.0||-5.8|