Compared with the third quarter of 2008, seasonally adjusted GDP declined by 4.1% in the euro area and by 4.3% in the EU27, after -4.8% and -5.0% respectively for the previous quarter.
During the third quarter of 2009, household final consumption expenditure decreased by 0.2% in both the euro area and the EU27 (after 0.0% and -0.1% respectively in the previous quarter). Investments fell by 0.4% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU27 (after -1.7% and -2.5%). Exports increased by 2.9% in the euro area and by 2.4% in the EU27 (after -1.3% and -1.4%). Imports increased by 2.6% in the euro area and by 2.4% in the EU27 (after -2.9% in both zones).