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Dutch economy shrinks record 8.5% in Q2 2020 amid coronavirus lockdown

Year-on-year, gross domestic product (GDP) fell 9.3% in the quarter from the same quarter a year ago. "More than half of the fall in GDP in the second quarter can be attributed to the strong decline in household consumption," the CBS said in a note accompanying its quarterly data.

Reuters | Updated: 14-08-2020 13:19 IST | Created: 14-08-2020 13:10 IST
Dutch economy shrinks record 8.5% in Q2 2020 amid coronavirus lockdown
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The Dutch economy contracted by 8.5% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the previous three months, Statistics Netherlands said on Friday, the worst fall on record amid a lockdown to fight the coronavirus epidemic, though not as bad as feared. Year-on-year, gross domestic product (GDP) fell 9.3% in the quarter from the same quarter a year ago.

"More than half of the fall in GDP in the second quarter can be attributed to the strong decline in household consumption," the CBS said in a note accompanying its quarterly data. "In addition, investment and trade fell sharply." The contraction was still not as dramatic as in neighboring Germany and Belgium, nor Britain, the worst-affected of European economies. According to Refinitiv data, economists had expected the quarter-on-quarter decline to be 9.2% and year-on-year at 9.7%.

The previous worst fall had been 3.6% in the first quarter of 2009, following the global financial crisis. Unemployment rose quickly from very low levels, up to 3.8% from 3.0% at the end of Q1. Job losses have been tempered by generous government support programs for companies and self-employed people.


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