Norway’s expansion unexpectedly accelerated in the first quarter as consumers supported growth, easing pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates again.
Seasonally adjusted gross domestic product, excluding oil, gas and shipping output, grew 0.5 percent, after expanding 0.4 percent in the prior three months, Oslo-based Statistics Norway said Wednesday. Growth was seen at 0.3 percent in a Bloomberg survey and estimated at 0.35 percent by Norway’s central bank. Total output grew 0.2 percent.
“Growth kept up better at the start of the year than expected,” Erik Bruce, an economist at Nordea Bank AB in Oslo, said in a note. “But the downward revision of second part of last year, the rather weak demand picture and zero growth in employment point the other way. We think Norges Bank will view the figures as broadly in line with their view on the economy.”
Published: May 29, 2023