Turkey’s Economy Grows 4.5 Percent in First Quarter

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Turkey’s economy grew 4.5 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) announced today (May 29).

Accordingly, gross domestic product (GDP) at current prices amounted to 1.07 trillion Turkish liras ($176.1 billion) in the January-March period.

“Seasonally and calendar adjusted GDP increased by 0.6 percent compared with the previous quarter,” the institute said.

Impact of the pandemic was limited

The negative impact of the virus was limited on the data as the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in Turkey on March 11.

TurkStat said in light of the activities constituting gross domestic product, the value added increased 3 percent in the agricultural sector and 6.2 percent in the industry sector in the first quarter, while dropped 1.5 percent in the construction sector.

The services sector’s value added — wholesale and retail trade, transport, storage, accommodation and food service activities — went up 3.4 percent on a yearly basis.

Government final consumption expenditure grew 6.2 percent while gross fixed capital formation fell 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared with the same quarter of the previous year.

The country’s GDP expanded 6 percent in the last quarter of 2019, 0.9 percent in the third quarter after contracting 2.3 percent in the first quarter and 1.6 percent in the second on an annual basis.

Turkey’s economic growth rate was 0.9 percent in 2019 and 7.4 percent in 2018.

Expectations were higher

Before the onset of the coronavirus crises, the economy was expected to grow 5 percent in 2020 as laid out in the country’s new economic program announced in September.

Economists’ forecasts hovered between 4.4 percent — the lowest estimate — and 5.8 percent.

The economists also predicted that Turkey’s annual GDP in 2020 would narrow 1.5 percent on average.
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