Belgium - Economic Forecasts - 2018-2020 Outlook

This page has economic forecasts for Belgium including a long-term outlook for the next decades, plus medium-term expectations for the next four quarters and short-term market predictions for the next release affecting the Belgium economy.


Overview Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
GDP Growth Rate 0.30 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5 percent
Unemployment Rate 6.00 6.2 6 6.2 6 6.5 percent
Inflation Rate 2.08 1.8 2 2.1 2.2 2.7 percent
Interest Rate 0.00 0 0 0 0.25 0.75 percent
Balance of Trade 964.70 1520 790 2400 2820 1090 EUR Million
Government Debt to GDP 103.10 102 102 99.9 99.9 97.5 percent
MARKETS Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Currency 1.17
1.14 1.13 1.11 1.09 1.02
Stock Market 3815.16
points
3619 3525 3433 3344 3010
Government Bond 10Y 0.70
percent
0.78 0.9 1.03 1.19 2.11
GDP Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
GDP Growth Rate 0.30
percent
0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5
GDP Annual Growth Rate 1.50
percent
1.8 2.1 1.6 1.5 2.4
GDP 492.68
USD Billion
495 495 498 498 500
GDP Constant Prices 106816.00
EUR Million
106844 108708 108525 107296 113766
Gross National Product 110889.40
EUR Million
111058 112529 112664 111933 117765
Gross Fixed Capital Formation 25199.00
EUR Million
25066 25558 25602 25214 26747
GDP per capita 46078.93
USD
46200 46200 46900 46900 47000
GDP per capita PPP 42658.58
USD
42900 42900 43300 43300 43500
GDP From Agriculture 540.00
EUR Million
656 485 549 680 508
GDP From Construction 4821.00
EUR Million
4700 5387 4898 5308 5637
GDP From Manufacturing 15481.00
EUR Million
15405 16140 15729 15858 16891
GDP From Public Administration 14012.00
EUR Million
13436 15257 14236 14608 15967
GDP From Services 18051.00
EUR Million
18070 18969 18340 18824 19852
LABOUR Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Unemployment Rate 6.00
percent
6.2 6 6.2 6 6.5
Employed Persons 4030.70
Thousand
4061 4087 4078 4086 4085
Unemployed Persons 316908.00
328606 326463 326799 326515 326738
Labor Force Participation Rate 68.10
percent
68.35 68.43 68.2 68.15 68.28
Long Term Unemployment Rate 3.10
percent
2.91 2.86 2.8 2.77 2.65
Youth Unemployment Rate 17.00
percent
16.86 16.85 16.85 16.85 16.85
Labour Costs 110.20
Index Points
110 110 110 110 110
Job Vacancies 140685.00
154608 152055 155636 161481 180626
Minimum Wages 1562.59
EUR/Month
1563 1563 1575 1578 1585
Wage Growth 3.70
percent
3.11 2.84 2.79 2.81 2.97
Population 11.41
Million
11.41 11.41 11.51 11.51 11.56
Retirement Age Women 65.00
65 65 65 65 65
Retirement Age Men 65.00
65 65 65 65 65
Living Wage Family 1490.00
EUR/Month
1530 1530 1550 1499 1550
Living Wage Individual 1030.00
EUR/Month
1032 1036 1036 1037 1038
Part Time Employment 1139.60
Thousand
1161 1167 1166 1180 1219
Productivity 100.30
Index Points
100 100 100 100 100
Wages 3445.00
EUR/Month
3600 3600 3650 3561 3700
Wages High Skilled 3120.00
EUR/Month
3200 3200 3200 3114 3250
Wages In Manufacturing 100.30
Index Points
99 125 107 118 139
Wages Low Skilled 1890.00
EUR/Month
1950 1950 1950 1843 2000
Employment Change 0.20
percent
0.5 0.5 0.3 0.19 0.4
Employment Rate 63.90
percent
64.14 64.39 64.37 64.39 64.65
Full Time Employment 3518.60
Thousand
3521 3527 3526 3525 3528
PRICES Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Inflation Rate 2.08
percent
1.8 2 2.1 2.2 2.7
Inflation Rate Mom 0.10
percent
0.16 0.16 0.16 0.16 0.16
Consumer Price Index CPI 107.02
Index Points
107 108 109 109 114
Core Consumer Prices 104.83
Index Points
105 105 106 106 108
Core Inflation Rate 1.30
percent
1.24 1.24 1.24 1.24 1.24
GDP Deflator 104.07
Index Points
104 104 104 104 104
Producer Prices 114.50
Index Points
115 116 115 117 121
Export Prices 117.24
Index Points
118 118 118 118 118
Import Prices 120.67
Index Points
121 121 121 121 121
Food Inflation 3.10
percent
3.19 3.22 3.22 3.22 3.22
Producer Prices Change 4.92
percent
2.4 2.3 2.1 2.28 2
Cpi Housing Utilities 106.80
Index Points
107 107 107 108 108
CPI Transportation 105.78
Index Points
104 105 106 108 111
Harmonised Consumer Prices 106.68
Index Points
106 107 108 109 113
MONEY Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Interest Rate 0.00
percent
0 0 0 0.25 0.75
Interbank Rate -0.32
percent
-0.32 -0.32 -0.32 -0.32 0.43
Money Supply M0 39365.00
EUR Million
39740 40041 40338 40625 43060
Money Supply M1 221200.00
EUR Million
221341 225128 229460 233558 273255
Money Supply M2 541100.00
EUR Million
545090 550811 556286 561747 614501
Money Supply M3 550200.00
EUR Million
554984 558603 562129 565556 595035
Banks Balance Sheet 1068338.74
EUR Million
1069288 1066101 1070402 1066326 1066326
Foreign Exchange Reserves 22655.00
EUR Million
22690 22689 22690 22690 22690
Private Debt to GDP 260.39
percent
270 268 270 272 286
Central Bank Balance Sheet 181497.00
EUR Million
181802 181809 181793 181787 181785
TRADE Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Balance of Trade 964.70
EUR Million
1520 790 2400 2820 1090
Exports 32484.30
EUR Million
32200 32400 37800 34600 34400
Imports 31519.60
EUR Million
30680 31610 35400 31780 33310
Current Account 891.00
EUR Million
451 -380 115 -670 -280
Current Account to GDP -0.20
percent
2 2 2.1 2.1 2.3
Terms of Trade 97.16
Index Points
97.07 97.2 97.17 97.17 97.17
Capital Flows 271.00
EUR Million
405 752 544 -409 622
Remittances 1657.00
EUR Million
1659 1679 1664 1668 1703
Gold Reserves 227.40
Tonnes
227 227 227 227 227
Terrorism Index 4.66
1.73 1.67 2.11 2.55 1.14
Weapons Sales 12.00
USD Million
-3.34 -16.73 -6.92 2.88 14.22
Foreign Direct Investment 3119.00
EUR Million
3448 5699 4639 3370 4488
External Debt 1111447.00
EUR Million
1076571 1064926 1059740 1058885 1069815
GOVERNMENT Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Government Debt to GDP 103.10
percent
102 102 99.9 99.9 97.5
Government Budget -1.00
percent of GDP
-1.8 -1.8 -1.33 -1.29 -0.8
Government Budget Value -4468.00
EUR Million
-3783 -447 -986 -447 3584
Government Spending 25093.00
EUR Million
25211 25584 25494 25205 26775
Government Spending to GDP 52.20
percent
52.38 52.14 52.08 52.03 51.74
Government Revenues 224454.00
EUR Million
226199 229632 230780 231928 242173
Government Debt 539714.00
EUR Million
539130 536559 540081 537860 539627
Fiscal Expenditure 228976.10
EUR Million
229982 231157 231766 232375 238589
Military Expenditure 4289.66
USD Million
4268 4237 4230 4222 4220
Asylum Applications 1345.00
persons
1327 1292 1315 1336 1322
BUSINESS Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Business Confidence 0.60
Index Points
0.79 0.75 0.78 0.78 0.78
Industrial Production 7.00
percent
2.4 3 2.8 2.9 2.5
Industrial Production Mom 0.40
percent
-0.4 0.5 1.1 -0.3 0.4
Manufacturing Production 6.20
percent
2.79 2.6 2.32 2.14 2.05
Capacity Utilization 81.00
percent
81.78 81.87 80.51 81.52 81.5
Bankruptcies 784.00
Companies
863 847 845 844 844
Car Registrations 56211.00
44346 44479 45743 45493 45403
Internet Speed 16275.93
KBps
16847 16907 16930 16955 17042
IP Addresses 4372220.00
IP
4221097 4199242 4183347 4169478 4039815
Mining Production 8.80
percent
0.47 0.52 0.38 0.36 0.35
Steel Production 685.00
Thousand Tonnes
664 656 652 650 648
Changes In Inventories 909.00
EUR Million
570 435 434 461 588
Competitiveness Index 5.23
Points
5.21 5.21 5.19 5.19 5.2
Competitiveness Rank 20.00
18 18 18 19 19
Ease of Doing Business 52.00
52 54 55 56 62
Electricity Production 5289.00
Gigawatt-hour
6368 6463 6351 6347 6358
Corporate Profits 24520.00
EUR Million
30592 29322 29748 30173 28334
Corruption Index 75.00
Points
75 74 74 73 72
Corruption Rank 16.00
16 16 16 16 16
CONSUMER Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Consumer Confidence 0.00
Percentage Points
2 2 2 -3.33 -3
Retail Sales MoM 2.90
percent
0.2 0.6 0.12 0.11 0.9
Retail Sales YoY -0.30
percent
0.47 1.1 0.85 0.96 1.6
Consumer Spending 54485.00
EUR Million
54662 55333 55357 54813 57908
Disposable Personal Income 87873.90
EUR Million
87872 88469 87966 88474 88404
Personal Savings 10.90
percent
11.17 10.83 11.12 10.95 10.98
Households Debt To Gdp 60.40
percent of GDP
60.68 60.77 60.8 60.85 60.98
Households Debt To Income 103.28
percent
104 105 105 105 103
Bank Lending Rate 1.61
percent
1.61 1.61 1.61 1.61 2.36
Consumer Credit 8165204.00
EUR Thousand
8165508 8164467 8164396 8164355 8164339
Gasoline Prices 1.76
USD/Liter
1.67 1.57 1.49 1.4 0.81
HOUSING Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Building Permits 1918.00
1893 1886 1881 1881 1881
Construction Output 1.90
percent
-0.14 0.32 0.51 0.47 0.46
Housing Index 107.63
Index Points
110 110 110 110 115
Home Ownership Rate 72.70
percent
72.43 72.63 72.54 72.45 71.53
TAXES Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Corporate Tax Rate 34.00
percent
34 34 34 34 34
Personal Income Tax Rate 53.70
percent
53.7 53.7 54 54 54
Sales Tax Rate 21.00
percent
21 21 21 21 21
Social Security Rate 45.57
percent
45.57 45.57 45.25 45 47
Social Security Rate For Companies 32.50
percent
32.59 32.59 32.69 32.73 34.74
Social Security Rate For Employees 13.07
percent
13.07 13.07 13.07 13.07 13.07
CLIMATE Actual Q3/18 Q4/18 Q1/19 Q2/19 2020
Temperature 8.59
celsius
16.56 5.85 3.03 11.48 9.73
Precipitation 52.32
mm
74.68 79.31 64.26 72.46 71.88