Russian Economy Stalls in Q3

Russian Economy Stalls in Q3

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The Russian GPD posted zero growth in the three months to September, following a revised 0.14 percent expansion in the previous period, as a rise in internal trade and real estate activities was not enough to offset a drop in manufacturing.

On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted basis, fishing and farming activities shrank the most by 3.5 percent, followed by restaurants and hotels (-1.63 percent), health and social services (-0.88 percent) and construction (-0.8 percent). Manufacturing contracted 0.44 percent and the mining sector dropped 0.51 percent.
In contrast, financial activities posted the highest gain (3.26 percent), followed by agriculture (1.41 percent), internal trade (0.69 percent) and real estate (0.63 percent). Transportation grew 0.13 percent.
Year-on-year, the economy advanced 0.7 percent, slowing for the third straight quarter.

Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
12/12/2014 1:49:39 PM

Russia Trade Surplus at 3-Month Low

Russian trade surplus shrank 24 percent to USD 12.93 billion in December of 2014 after declining 25 percent a month earlier.

Year-on-year, exports shrank 24.1 percent to USD 37.6 billion, following a 21.7 percent drop in November. Shipments to countries outside the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) dropped 23.5 percent while sales to the CIS countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan – fell 27.1 percent.
Imports declined 24 percent to USD 24.7 billion. Purchases from the non-CIS countries fell 21.9 percent while those from the CIS countries dropped 39.2 percent.
In November of 2014, Russia posted a USD 13.6 billion surplus.
Considering last three months of 2014, exports shrank 17.4 percent year-on-year while imports decreased at a faster 19.4 percent.

Central Bank of Russia | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/11/2015 1:16:12 PM

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