Domestic Demand in Norway
Norway - Domestic Demand
Economic output returns to growth in May
Economic output grew 1.9% over the prior month in May in seasonally-adjusted terms, contrasting the 3.8% contraction in April and marking a rapid return to growth following two months of contracting output. Nevertheless, the economy shrank 7.1% in the rolling quarter of March–May relative to the previous quarter, which was markedly sharper than the 4.5% contraction in February–April.
Mainland GDP—which excludes hydrocarbon extraction and related transport—rose 2.4% in May over the previous month, after falling 4.6% in April. In the rolling quarter of March–May, the mainland economy dived 8.7% from the previous rolling quarter, notably worse than the 5.6% contraction recorded in February–April.
The rebound in output in May was spearhead by a robust return to growth in domestic demand: Private consumption grew 4.8% month-on-month (mom) after tumbling 6.0% in April, while fixed investment rose 3.7% in May after falling 1.6% in the prior month. Externally, exports fell a more moderate 0.4% in May, having slumped 5.9% in May, while imports also declined at a much softer pace than in the month prior (May: -0.3% mom; April: -8.2% mom).
The positive reading came on the back of the easing of containment measures at the end of April, greatly benefiting the domestic economy. However, the continued albeit mild contraction in exports and imports points to prolonged weakness in key trading partners, with both demand and activity taking time to recover from widespread lockdown measures. Furthermore, low oil and gas prices are an impediment to energy-sector investment this year, with uncertainty in future demand for fossil fuels further clouding the outlook.
Our panelists see total GDP declining 4.2% in 2020, which is up 0.7 percentage points from last month’s forecast, before growing 3.9% in 2021. In terms of mainland GDP, our panelists project a contraction of 5.1% in 2020, which is up 0.9 percentage points from last month’s projection, before expanding 4.4% in 2021.
Norway - Domestic Demand Data
|Domestic Demand (annual variation in %)||1.0||1.6||2.2||2.1||2.4|
5 years of economic forecasts for more than 30 economic indicators.
|Bond Yield||1.58||-0.65 %||Jan 01|
|Exchange Rate||8.78||-0.38 %||Jan 01|
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August 7, 2020
Industrial output fell 2.2% month-on-month in seasonally-adjusted terms in June, which was a larger contraction than May's 0.9% decrease.
July 10, 2020
Consumer prices rose 0.18% in June over the last month, stable from May's 0.18% rise.
July 8, 2020
Economic output grew 1.9% over the prior month in May in seasonally-adjusted terms, contrasting the 3.8% contraction in April and marking a rapid return to growth following two months of contracting output.
July 7, 2020
Industrial output declined 1.0% month-on-month in seasonally-adjusted terms in May, which followed April's 0.7% decrease.
June 18, 2020
At its monetary policy meeting on 18 June, the Executive Board of Norges Bank unanimously decided to hold the sight deposit rate at 0.00%.