Greece's economy grew by 0.6 percent on quarter in the three months of September 2019, easing from an upwardly revised 1.3 percent expansion in the previous period. Both general government spending (-6.9 percent vs 6.5 percent in Q2) and gross fixed capital formation (-5.0 percent vs 1.9 percent) contracted. In contrast, household consumption rebounded (0.4 percent vs -0.2 percent). Regarding net trade, exports went up 4.5 percent (vs 3.8 percent in Q2) while imports advanced 0.6 percent (vs -0.8 percent in Q2). Year-on-year, the economy grew by 2.3 percent, after a revised 2.8 percent advance in the previous quarter.

GDP Growth Rate in Greece averaged 0.24 percent from 1995 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 3.30 percent in the first quarter of 2006 and a record low of -4.80 percent in the first quarter of 2009. This page provides the latest reported value for - Greece GDP Growth Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news.

GDP Growth Rate in Greece is expected to be 0.40 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate GDP Growth Rate in Greece to stand at 0.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Greece GDP Growth Rate is projected to trend around 0.40 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Greece GDP Growth Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.60 1.30 3.30 -4.80 1995 - 2019 percent Quarterly
Constant Prices 2010, SA

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-03-07 10:00 AM Q4 -0.1% 1% 0.5%
2019-06-04 09:00 AM Q1 0.2% -0.1% 0.6%
2019-09-04 09:00 AM Q2 0.8% 0.2% 0.3%
2019-12-05 10:00 AM Q3 0.6% 1.3% 0.4%
2020-03-06 10:00 AM Q4 0.6% 0.5%

News Stream
Greek GDP Growth Accelerates to 0.8%
Greece’s GDP expanded 0.8 percent on quarter in the three months to June of 2019, faster than a 0.2 percent growth in the pervious period. Government expenditure jumped 4.3 percent in Q2, rebounding from a 2.4 percent drop in Q1 and, net foreign demand contributed positively to growth as exports rose 3.3 percent (vs -1.9 percent) while imports edged down 0.8 percent (vs 5.3 percent). At the same time, fixed investment slowed (2.4 percent vs 8.5 percent) while government consumption fell (-0.4 percent vs 0.1 percent). On a yearly basis, the GDP grew 1.9 percent, following a 1.1 percent expansion in Q1.

Greece Economy Returns to Growth in Q1
Greece’s gross domestic product expanded 0.2 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2019, recovering from a 0.1 percent contraction in the previous three-month period. Both household consumption (0.2 percent from -0.2 percent in Q4) and gross fixed capital formation (8.1 percent from -2.2 percent) rebounded whereas government spending declined 5 percent, after a 1.2 percent rise in the prior period. Also, net foreign demand contributed negatively to growth, as exports slumped 2.1 percent (from 1.4 percent in Q4) and imports surged 5 percent (from -7.6 percent in Q4). On a yearly basis, the economy advanced 1.3 percent, slowing from a downwardly revised 1.5 percent growth in the last quarter of 2018.

Greece Economy Contracts for 1st Time in 2-1/2 Years
Greece’s gross domestic product shrank 0.1 percent on quarter in the three months to December of 2018, after a 1 percent expansion in the previous period. It was the first contraction in GDP since the second quarter of 2016, as household consumption fell (-0.2 percent from 0.1 percent in Q3). Also, fixed investment continued to decline (-3.6 percent from -14.5 percent) and government spending slowed (1.5 percent from 1.7 percent). Meanwhile, net trade contributed positively to growth, as exports rose 1.8 percent (from 2.6 percent in Q3) while imports slumped 7.8 percent (from 7.5 percent in Q3). On a yearly basis, the economy expanded 1.6 percent, slowing from a downwardly revised 2.1 percent growth in Q3.

Greece GDP Growth Rate
Greece has a service based economy and is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Following the entry to the European Union in 1980 and the Euro Area in 2000, the Greek economy had been recording high rates of growth. Yet, as this expansion had been fueled mainly by the access to cheap credit and growth of public sector, in 2008 the budget deficit and sovereign debt reached unsustainable levels. As a result, Greece faced the worst crisis since 1974 and tough reforms enforced by the IMF and the European Commission as part of the bailout programme are taking place.