France GDP Growth Matches Estimates In Q4


France GDP advanced 0.4 percent quarter-on-quarter in the December quarter of 2016, compared to a 0.2 percent growth in the three months to September and in line with second estimates, final figures showed. It was the second straight quarter of growth and the strongest since the March quarter, driven by faster rises in household consumption and investment while net external demand contributed slightly to the GDP.

In the three months to December 2016, household consumption rose 0.6 percent, following a 0.1 percent rise in the previous two quarters. Government expenditure went up 0.3 percent, the same as in the preceding quarter. Total gross fixed capital formation grew by 0.5 percent, compared to a 0.2 percent growth in the third quarter. Final domestic demand (excluding changes in inventories) contributed 0.5 points to GDP growth, up significantly from 0.2 points in the prior quarter.

Exports rose 1.3 percent, faster than a 0.8 percent rise in the September quarter. Imports went up 0.9 percent, slowing sharply from a 2.7 percent increase in the preceding quarter. The foreign trade balance contributed positively to the economy (0.1 points after -0.6 points in the third quarter). In contrast, changes in inventories contributed negatively: -0.2 points after +0.7 points in the September quarter.

Year-on-year, the GDP grew 1.1 percent, compared to a 0.9 percent expansion in the third quarter and matching preliminary estimates.

France GDP Growth Matches Estimates In Q4


Insee | Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
3/24/2017 11:52:59 AM