Turkey sees growth slow in second quarter

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey’s economic growth slowed to 0.9 per cent in the second quarter, official statistics showed yesterday, with further declines expected as the impact of the slide in the value of the lira begins to show up in the data.

The second quarter performance was down considerably from the 1.5 per cent seasonally-adjusted quarter-on-quarter growth registered in the first three months of the year.

Compared to the second quarter of 2017, the Turkish economy grew by 5.2 per cent in the three months through June this year, slightly lower than the market consensus of 5.3 per cent.

Second quarter growth was driven by the services, industry and construction sectors, as well as a rise in exports, the official data published by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUIK) showed.

The data does not yest include the 20 per cent plunge the value of the Turkish lira in the past month, with the currency briefly passing seven to the dollar.

The lira traded at 6.4 against the dollar yesterday after 0830 GMT, a loss of over one per cent in value on the day.

ABN Amro economists last week said lira’s weakness was “not over yet as capital outflows will continue”, warning the lira could reach 8.2 against the dollar. They also forecast that Turkey could face a recession in 2019.