Slower growth rates were recorded for trade, catering and accommodation (0.1 percent compared to 0.3 percent in Q1); finance, real estate and business services (1.8 percent compared to 2.1 percent); personal services (1.0 percent compared to 1.3 percent) while electricity, gas and water registered no growth (compared to 1.3 percent in Q1). Also, output dropped for transport, storage and communication (-0.2 percent compared to 1.8 percent) and fell further for agriculture (-5.8 percent compared to 3.2 percent) and construction (-1.1 percent compared to -0.7 percent).
Meanwhile, higher growth rates were seen in general government services (0.8 percent compared to 0.5 percent) and production of mining and quarrying declined less (-0.5 percent compared to -1.2 percent).
On a seasonally adjusted quarterly basis, the economy contracted 0.7 percent on quarter in the three months to June of 2018, following a 2.6 percent fall in the prior period and missing market consensus of a 0.6 percent growth. It was the second consecutive period of contraction, as the main contributors to the drop agriculture, transport and trade.