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Latvia Retail Sales (ann. var. %)

A second release showed that annual GDP growth picked up slightly to 0.3% in Q4 from Q3’s 0.2%. Accelerations in both private and public spending drove the improvement. Less positively, investment posted a softer expansion, while export growth slowed significantly to its lowest rate since Q1 2021 on weaker European demand. In Q1, the economy is likely contracting at the steepest pace since the onset of Covid-19. In January, the slump in the industrial sector deepened from Q4’s average due to deteriorating manufacturing and mining output, with double-digit producer price inflation likely continuing to stifle activity. In the same month, retail sales growth slowed from the previous quarter, which, coupled with a higher unemployment rate, bodes ill for private spending. Moreover, exports growth continued to slow in January.

Latvia Retail Sales (ann. var. %) Data

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Retail Sales (ann. var. %) 4.3 3.8 2.3 1.5 2.5

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