Turkey: GDP Growth Remains Robust In 1Q21

Robust GDP growth at 7.0% year-on-year is attributable to private consumption, gross fixed capital formation, net exports and government expenditures while the contribution of inventory was in negative territory.

Turkey, Istanbul, Crowd, Tram, Istiklal

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Turkish GDP growth

Source: TurkStat, ING

As indicated by recent high frequency indicators, GDP recorded another robust growth in the first quarter of this year at 7.0% YoY and turned out higher than market consensus at 6.7% (and our call at 6.2%).

In seasonal and calendar adjusted terms (SA), economic activity continued its recovery with 1.7% quarter-on-quarter growth, close to the performance realized in the previous quarter despite containment measures that were still in place to control the pandemic. A closer look at the seasonally adjusted data suggests that net exports, inventory buildup and capital formation were the main drivers for the sequential growth. On the flip side, household consumption and government expenditures softened in 1Q21.

On the demand side, private consumption maintained its rebound with 7.4% YoY growth after close to double-digit growth rates in the previous two quarters and turned out to be the major driver with a +4.4 percentage point contribution to the GDP expansion in 1Q21. While services consumption has remained weak with a YoY contraction, continuing demand for durable and semi-durable goods has determined the outlook.

Investments also remained on a rapid recovery path with 11.4% YoY, translating into a +2.9ppt contribution to the headline as companies utilized supportive measures implemented by the government in the pandemic environment to improve production capacity. In the breakdown, machinery & equipment investments recorded excessive growth rates in recent quarters, standing at 30.5% YoY in 1Q21, while construction investments were still in negative territory.

Public consumption that has lifted the GDP almost every quarter since the second half of 2017 remained supportive in 1Q21, adding +0.2ppt to the headline, though the outcome shows some momentum loss after a significant +1.0ppt contribution in the previous quarter.

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Disclaimer: This publication has been prepared by the Economic and Financial Analysis Division of ING Bank N.V. (“ING”) solely for information purposes without regard to any ...

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