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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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May 15, 2020


In the flash estimate, Eurostat reports that real GDP growth declined 12.7 per cent (seasonally adjusted annualized rate) in the European Union and 14.2 per cent in the Euro Area in the first quarter of 2020. These were the sharpest declines observed since time series started in 1995. In March 2020, the final month of the period covered, COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States. The preliminary estimates were -13.2 per cent in European Union and -14.4 per cent in the Euro Area. In the previous quarter, real GDP rose 0.7 per cent in the European Union and 0.4 per cent in the Euro Area.

Comparing Q1 2020 with Q1 2019, seasonally adjusted real GDP decreased by 2.6 per cent in the European Union and 3.2 per cent in the Euro Area. These were the sharpest declines since the third quarter of 2009 (-4.4 per cent for EU and -4.5 per cent for Euro Area).



Source: Eurostat

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