GDP expanded by 0.4% year on year in Q4, down from 1.0% growth in the preceding quarter. Household consumption and export growth weakened relative to Q3, while public spending and investment contracted. Looking at the first quarter of this year, economic activity is likely to be moderate due to high inflation, tighter financial conditions and weak external demand. That said, available data is fairly positive; tourist arrivals, retail trade turnover and industrial output all expanded in January compared with the same month in 2022. In other news, March’s EU-brokered meeting with Kosovo did not lead to clear results, with the next round of talks set for 18 March. Resolving the dispute with Kosovo will likely be key for Serbia’s EU accession process.
Serbia Retail Sales (ann. var. %) Data
|Retail Sales (ann. var. %)||3.8||4.1||9.7||4.9||10.8|