Spain economy bounces back after easing of lockdown

Spain’s gross domestic product expanded by 16.7 per cent in the three months to September from the preceding quarter, but was still down 8.7 per cent on a year-on-year basis, the national statistics institute INE calculated. — Reuters pic
Spain’s gross domestic product expanded by 16.7 per cent in the three months to September from the preceding quarter, but was still down 8.7 per cent on a year-on-year basis, the national statistics institute INE calculated. — Reuters pic

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MADRID, Oct 30 — The Spanish economy, the eurozone’s fourth biggest, rebounded sharply in the third quarter as a lifting of the coronavirus lockdown saw activity resume, official data showed today.

Spain’s gross domestic product expanded by 16.7 per cent in the three months to September from the preceding quarter, but was still down 8.7 per cent on a year-on-year basis, the national statistics institute INE calculated.

In the second quarter, draconian lockdown measures to try to stamp out the pandemic had led to an economic contraction of 17.8 per cent.

Tourism, a major pillar of the Spanish economy, was among the hardest hit sectors, with foreign visitor numbers down by as much as 75 per cent during the summer.

INE cautioned that the preliminary third-quarter data could still be revised “more substantially than usual” given the difficulties in collating statistics at a time of deep economic disruption.

Looking at 2020 as a whole, the Spanish government is projecting an overall contraction in GDP of 11.2 per cent, while the International Monetary Fund is expecting the Spanish economy to shrink by as much as 12.8 per cent.

Economy Minister Nadia Calvino warned that “we are currently facing great uncertainty, both on a European and on a global level,” and many countries have imposed even tighter restrictions in recent days to rein in a second wave of virus infections. — AFP

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