Belgian economy contracted 1.6 pct in Q1

5th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Central Bank announced its first-quarter preliminary estimate.

BRUSSELS - Belgium's economy contracted by 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2009 from the previous quarter as the country officially entered recession, the central bank announced in a first estimate.

The slump brought the contraction in the Belgian economy over one year to three percent.

In the final quarter of 2008, the economy shrank 1.7 percent from the previous quarter and 1.0 percent over one year as the country suffered its worst slump since 1980.

With the global downturn hitting Belgium's export-driven economy, the first quarter performance showed that the country had officially entered recession, which economists generally define as two consecutive quarters of contraction.


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