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MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish economic system has been rising at a fee of greater than 10% thus far within the third quarter after a document drop within the previous quarter because of the impression of the coronavirus pandemic, Financial system Minister Nadia Calvino mentioned on Monday.
The Spanish economic system was one of many worst-hit by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns in Europe, posting an 18.5% contraction in April-June from the earlier quarter as non-essential actions floor to a halt for many of the interval. It had contracted 5.2% within the first quarter.
“With all of the precaution and prudence, we are able to anticipate progress of greater than 10% within the third quarter of the yr,” Calvino informed a monetary occasion held within the northern metropolis of Santander.
The expansion estimate from Calvino, who additionally mentioned the labour market was rebounding, is barely extra conservative than that by fiscal watchdog AIReF, which final week upgraded its third quarter GDP enlargement forecast to 15.2%.
To restore the ravaged economic system, the Spanish authorities is relying on the 140 billion euros ($167 billion) it is because of obtain from the European Union’s restoration fund, about half of which will probably be in non-repayable grants.
“A plan that, based on authorities estimates, will elevate up our nation’s financial progress by greater than two proportion factors in the long term,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez informed a convention in Madrid.
The Spanish central financial institution has mentioned the economic system may contract by 9%-11.6% in 2020, with out ruling out a fair sharper contraction of 15.1% attributable to the opportunity of a brand new wave of coronavirus.
Reporting by Jesús Aguado, Emma Pinedo, Belen Carreño and Inti Landauro; enhancing by Andrei Khalip and Mark Heinrich