In 2016, GDP will rise by 3%. The slump in Russian demand can be offset by growth in exports to the EU and Asian markets. Household consumption will develop markedly, thanks to labour market improvements and a rapid rise in real wages, but investment growth will remain comparatively low. GDP growth will speed up to 3.2% in 2017 and 3.5% in 2018, driven by stronger external demand and greater investment activity in both the public and private sectors.
|Main Economic Indicators||2013||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018|
|Population, 1000 persons.||2013||1994||1979||.||.||.|
|GDP, real change in %||3.0||2.4||2.7||3.0||3.2||3.5|
|GDP per capita (EUR at PPP)||16600||17500||18700||.||.||.|
|Gross industrial production, real change in %||-0.9||-1.1||3.6||.||.||.|
|Unemployment rate - LFS, in %, average||11.9||10.8||9.9||9.3||8.9||8.6|
|Average gross monthly wages, EUR||717||765||818||.||.||.|
|Consumer prices, % p.a.||0.0||0.7||0.2||0.5||1.8||2.1|
|Fiscal balance in % of GDP||-0.9||-1.6||-1.3||.||.||.|
|Public debt in % of GDP||39.1||40.8||36.4||.||.||.|
|Current account in % of GDP||-2.4||-2.0||-1.2||-3.6||-3.8||-3.6|
|FDI inflow, EUR mn||743||661||644||.||.||.|
|Gross external debt in % of GDP||133.7||142.2||137.7||.||.||.|
Basic data are continuously updated.
* Forecasts are changed beginning of March, July and November.
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