Hungary Q2 GDP growth rate confirmed at 2.6 pc
Budapest, September 6 (MTI) – Hungary’s economy grew by an annual 2.6 percent in the second quarter, up from 1.1 percent in the first quarter, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) confirmed in a second reading of data on Tuesday.
KSH revised Q1 upward by two-tenths of a percentage point on the back of better farm sector output.
KSH attributed the improved growth rate in Q2 to better performance in market services, industry and the farming sector.
Adjusted for seasonal and calendar year effects, the annual Q2 growth rate was 1.8 percent. The quarter-on-quarter rate was 1 percent.
ING Bank chief analyst Péter Virovácz said he was standing by his forecast for full-year growth of 2.2 percent, in spite of increased chances for an even higher rate. For growth to reach the 2.5-3 percent rate projected by the economy ministry and the National Bank of Hungary, a pickup in investments will be necessary, he added.
Erste Bank senior analyst Gergely Ürmössy raised his projection for full-year growth from 2.0 percent to 2.1pc after the release of the data.