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Spain enters steep recession, wiping out six years of growth

Spain recorded a historic fall in GDP in the second quarter of the year, with the 18.5% drop wiping out all the post-financial crisis recovery of the last six years, data from National Statistics Institute showed on Friday.

On an annual basis, the economy shrank by 22.1%, versus a 4.1% contraction in the previous quarter. Private spending was the factor that most dragged the economy down, along with investment and falling exports. Spain had been growing for 24 quarters in a row until the first quarter, and was beginning to fully recover from the 2008 financial crisis.

The government has forecast a contraction of 9.2% in 2020, surpassing the fall during Spain’s 2008-2013 financial crisis, and has said it expects 6.8% growth in 2021. With tourism hard hit by a UK quarantine and travel advisories, the third quarter, which was expected to mark the start of an economic rebound, will be weaker than expected, said Raymond Torres, chief economist of think tank Funcas.

Spain enters steep recession, wiping out six years of growth, Bloomberg, Jul 31

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