French Q3 GDP Growth Confirmed at Near 1-Year High

The French economy advanced 0.4 percent on quarter in the three months to September 2018, following a 0.2 percent growth in the previous period and in line with the preliminary reading, the second estimate showed. It was the strongest growth rate since the last quarter of 2017, due to a rebound in household spending and a positive foreign demand.

Final domestic demand added 0.5 percentage points to the GDP growth in the third quarter; gross fixed capital formation (0.2 percentage points). Also, net foreign demand contributed positively to the GDP growth (0.2 percentage points), while changes in inventories subtracted 0.3 percentage points.

Within domestic demand, household consumption grew by 0.4 percent in the three months to September, rebounding from a 0.2 percent contraction in the second quarter. It was the steepest increase in private spending in a year as consumption of goods bounced back significantly (0.4 percent vs -0.4 percent in Q2) and that of services accelerated slightly (0.4 percent vs 0.1 percent). In particular, expenditures on energy recovered slightly (0.1 percent vs -2.3 percent) and consumption of food products stablised after two quarters of decline (0.2 percent vs -1.3 percent). In services, transport expenses bounced back markedly (3.4 percent after -2.9 percent) after a significant decline in Q2 due to strikes in rail transport. In addition, fixed investment increased by 0.9 percent, the same as in the previous quarter, with corporate investment (1.6 percent vs 1.3 percent), notably investment in IT activities and information services, as well as in automotive. Also, government expenditure went up 0.2 percent, following a 0.3 percent rise in the prior quarter. 

Exports surged 0.4 percent (vs -0.1 percent in Q2), while imports went down 0.3 percent (vs 0.5 percent in Q2).

Year-on-year, the economy expanded 1.4 percent in the third quarter, easing from a downwardly revised 1.6 percent growth in the previous three-month period and below a preliminary estimate of 1.5 percent.

French Q3 GDP Growth Confirmed at Near 1-Year High

Insee | Agna Gabriel |
11/29/2018 10:58:50 AM