In the same quarter, in the euro area GDP rose by 0.6% and by 0.5% in the EU28 compared with the previous quarter.
In the fourth quarter of 2015, GDP grew by 0.4% and 0.5% respectively. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 1.7% in the euro area and by 1.8% in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2016, after +1.7% and +2.0% respectively in the previous quarter.
Among Member States for which data are available for the first quarter of 2016, Romania (+1.6%), Cyprus (+0.9%), Spain, Lithuania, Austria and Slovakia (all +0.8%), Bulgaria and Germany (both +0.7%) recorded the highest growth compared with the previous quarter. Decreases were registered in Hungary (-0.8%), Greece (-0.5%) and Poland (-0.1%), while GDP in Estonia remained stable.
During the first quarter of 2016, household final consumption expenditure rose by 0.6% in both the euro area and in the EU28 (after +0.3% and +0.4% respectively in the previous quarter). Gross fixed capital formation increased by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28 (after +1.4% and +1.1%). Exports rose by 0.4% in both the euro area and in the EU28 (after +0.7% and +0.8%).
Imports increased by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU28 (after +1.4% in both zones). Household final consumption expenditure had a positive contribution to GDP growth in both the euro area and the EU28 (+0.3 and +0.4 percentage points), as did gross fixed capital formation (+0.2 pp and +0.1 pp). The contribution of the external balance to GDP growth was negative for both zones, while the contribution of changes in inventories was positive.
Source: Famagusta Gazette