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Published on Friday, May 29, 2020 | Updated on Monday, June 1, 2020

Turkey | 1Q GDP already shows the COVID impact

Turkish Economy grew by 4.5% yoy in 1Q20, lower than expectations (5.5% Our vs. 4.9% Bloomberg). Seasonally and cal. adj. quarterly growth also decelerated to 0.6% from the previous 1.9% in 4Q19. We still maintain our GDP growth forecast at 0% for 2020, assuming a partial gradual recovery pattern in the rest of the year.

Key points

  • Key points:
  • Domestic demand gave a positive contribution of 8.8pp (5.3pp of which came from inventories), while net exports dragged down 4.3pp from the yearly GDP growth rate.
  • Our monthly GDP indicator nowcasts a yearly growth rate of -0.4% for April and -6.3% for May, which would be recovering in June thanks to both positive calendar day effects and the lifting of the restrictions and could even be better than our initial projections.
  • Looking ahead, as the lockdown measures begin to ease globally, we expect a gradual recovery from now onwards, whose pattern will depend on the behavioral changes and global risk mood together with the domestic macroeconomic policies.

Associated documents for downloading

  • Report (PDF) Turkey-Activity-Pulse-1Q20-GDP.pdf English May 29, 2020

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