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Norway Economic Growth (Nominal GDP, ann. var. %)

Following a marginal GDP expansion in Q4, conditions grew more challenging at the outset of 2023. GDP slid 0.2% month on month in January. Private consumption plunged by over 10% in the month, marking the sharpest downturn since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020. Moreover, in January, the unemployment rate increased to a 14-month high and price pressures intensified, contributing to household spending’s retreat. Meanwhile, imports of goods and services contracted at a steeper pace than in December. Fixed investment also swung to a contraction, which more than offset a marginal uptick in public spending growth. Lastly, exports of goods and services declined in January. Furthermore, in February, the manufacturing PMI fell to a 30-month low as conditions deteriorated markedly. In late March, Norges Bank increased interest rates further, boding ill for credit and investment.

Norway Economic Growth (Nominal GDP, ann. var. %) Data

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Economic Growth (Nominal GDP, ann. var. %) 6.6 7.6 0.6 -3.8 21.7

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