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GDP growth remains strong in Q2

According to detailed data released by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) on 25 September, the economy continued to grow strongly in Q2, coming in just below Q1’s six-year high. GDP increased a seasonally-adjusted 0.8% quarter-on-quarter, slightly below Q1’s similarly impressive expansion, which was upwardly revised to 0.9% (previously reported: +0.8% qoq), and in line with the first estimate released at the end of July. Compared to the same period last year, the economy grew 2.6% in Q2, which was below Q1’s 3.2% year-on-year rise.

Growth in Q2 was supported by still robust, if somewhat weaker, domestic demand growth and a strong net contribution from the external sector. Government consumption growth was stable at 0.2% qoq, while private consumption growth edged up a notch to 0.3% qoq (Q1: +0.2% qoq). Fixed investment slowed substantially, albeit from a high level—it was clocked at 0.9% qoq in Q2, down from 1.3% qoq in Q1.

On the external side of the economy, exports of goods and services rose a more moderate 1.8% (Q2: +2.1% qoq); growth in imports also decelerated (Q2: +1.6% qoq; Q1: +1.7% qoq). Nonetheless, the external sector once again made a positive contribution to GDP growth, evidence that Austria is taking full advantage of the upswing in the European economy that is currently underway.

Looking ahead, economic growth is expected to accelerate this year, thanks to a stronger global economic environment, which is fueling exports growth. The positive momentum is also reflected in buoyant business and consumer confidence, which point to robust household spending and fixed investment growth this year.


WIFO expects the economy to grow 1.7% both this year and next. FocusEconomics panelists project that the economy will grow 2.3% in 2017, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s estimate. For 2018, panelists expect the economy to grow 1.8%, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast.

Austria - GDP Data

2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  
Economic Growth (GDP, annual variation in %)0.7  0.1  0.6  1.0  1.5  

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Austria GDP
Note: Annual variation of gross domestic product (GDP) in %.
Source: Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO).

Austria Facts

ValueChangeDate
Bond Yield0.580.40 %Oct 19
Exchange Rate1.190.65 %Oct 19
Stock Market3,369-1.00 %Oct 19

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