Netherlands GDP Growth at Near 10-Year High in Q2


The Dutch economy advanced 1.5 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.6 percent rise in the previous period and beating market expectations of 0.6 percent. It is the strongest growth rate since the last three months of 2007, mainly boosted by higher household spending and exports, preliminary estimates showed.

Household spending went up at a faster 0.9 percent (0.2 percent in the previous period) and government consumption rebounded (0.7 percent compared to -0.1 percent in the previous period) while gross fixed capital formation slowed (0.8 percent compared to 4.5 percent). Exports jumped 1.8 percent (1.6 percent in the previous period) and imports went up 1.2 percent (2 percent in the previous period). 

Year-on-year, the economy expanded 3.3 percent in the second quarter of the year, above 3.2 percent in the previous period and beating forecasts of 2.3 percent. It is also the highest expansion since the last quarter of 2007. Household spending rose faster (2.5 percent compared to 1.7 percent in the previous period), mainly due to spending on clothing, electrical appliances, home design, food, beverages and tobacco and catering services. On the other hand, slower growth rates were recorded for government consumption (1 percent compared to 1.1 percent) and investment (4.1 percent compared to 6.6 percent). Exports went up 4.5 percent (5.5 percent in the previous period), mainly boosted by sales of chemicals, machinery and equipment. Imports rose at a slower 3.7 percent (5.3 percent in the previous period).

Statistics Netherlands | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
8/16/2017 8:55:48 AM