Belgium Economic Outlook
May 31, 2022Output grew at a reduced pace in Q1 2022 compared to Q4 2021, chiefly driven by a contraction in industry. That said, the services and construction sectors expanded at healthy paces and unemployment continued its downward trend. Since March, growth is likely sluggish, affected by the global slowdown in demand and high inflation. Industrial production is likely being affected by the sector’s elevated dependency on Russian gas, high prices for which will squeeze firms’ profit margins. Moreover, consumer confidence remained severely downbeat in April and May, likely weakening consumption in the quarter. That said, business confidence held up through May, which could be supporting investment intentions. Finally, in a May report the European Commission recommended that Belgium focus on addressing fiscal sustainability challenges, excessive red tape and the low participation rate.
Belgium Economic GrowthExternal headwinds are expected to curb economic growth this year. Private consumption and investment momentum will likely decline amid a drop in consumer confidence and soaring prices. Industrial output will also be affected by Russian energy dependency and a global decline in vaccine demand. That said, European funds will support private investment. FocusEconomics analysts see the economy expanding 2.3% in 2022, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and 1.8% in 2023.
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Belgium Economic News
August 22, 2022
Consumer confidence rose to minus 11.0 in August from July's minus 13.0.
August 10, 2022
Industrial output dived 11.6% year on year in calendar-adjusted terms in June, which followed May's 1.7% decrease.
July 28, 2022
According to a preliminary reading, GDP growth waned to 0.2% on a seasonally-adjusted quarter-on-quarter basis in the second quarter, from 0.5% in the first quarter.
July 20, 2022
Consumer confidence fell to minus 13.0 in July from June's minus 11.0, following three consecutive months of increases in the index.
July 11, 2022
Industrial output declined 1.3% year on year in calendar-adjusted terms in May, which was a smaller contraction than April's 2.0% decrease.