Swiss GDP Contracts in Q1


Switzerland's economy shrank 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015, compared to a 0.5 percent expansion reported in October to December period. It is the first contraction since the second quarter of 2012 as a rise in private consumption and investment was unable to offset a decline in exports caused by a jump in Swiss Franc in January.

In the first quarter, household consumption expenditure grew by 0.5 percent, accelerating from a 0.3 percent growth in the preceding period. The largest contributions to the expansion mainly came from the areas of housing/energy and health.

Investments in equipment rose by 0.5 percent, slowing from a 1.0 percent growth in the previous quarter, mainly due to an increase in IT investments and vehicles while investments in machinery declined. Investment in construction spending increased by 0.3 percent, following a 1.4 percent fall in the December quarter.

Exports of goods (excluding non-monetary gold and valuables) declined by 2.3 percent, following a 1.0 percent fall in the fourth quarter. All sectors reported a decline with chemicals/pharmaceuticals dropping the most, followed by jewelry, machinery, appliances, electronics and precision instruments and watches.

Imports of goods (excluding non-monetary gold and valuables) increased by 0.4 percent, reversing from a 1.8 percent decline in the preceding quarter, mainly due to higher purchases of vehicles. Imports also increased slightly for chemical and pharmaceutical products.

Year-on-year, the economy grew 1.1 percent, slowing from a 1.9 percent expansion in the December quarter.

Swiss GDP Contracts in Q1


SECO l Rida Husna l rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/29/2015 9:36:15 AM