GDP Growth - Second Quarter 2014, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD


OECD GDP up  0.4% in the second quarter of 2014 but with mixed patterns across countries


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26/08/2014 - Provisional estimates show that quarterly real gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area increased by 0.4% in the second quarter of 2014, up from 0.2% in the previous quarter. The OECD total masks, however, a wide spectrum of patterns across countries. 

In the United States, real GDP growth rebounded strongly to 1.0%, following the winter-driven contraction of 0.5% in the previous quarter, while in the United Kingdom growth remained at a robust 0.8%.

In Japan, however, GDP contracted by 1.7% in the second quarter of 2014, partly reflecting the  effects of April’s increase in consumption tax that brought spending forward to the first quarter and drove GDP up by 1.5%.

In Germany, GDP contracted by 0.2%, after an increase of 0.7% in the previous quarter of 2014. GDP also contracted in Italy by 0.2% following a 0.1% contraction in the previous quarter. In France, GDP remained flat for the second consecutive quarter.

In the Euro area and the European Union, GDP growth remained positive in the second quarter of 2014 (at 0.2% and 0.1% respectively) but declined compared to the previous quarter (0.3% and 0.2%).

GDP year-on-year growth for the OECD area, at 1.9% in the second quarter of 2014, was lower than in the previous quarter (2.1%). Among the Major Seven economies, the United Kingdom recorded the highest growth rate (3.2%) compared with the second quarter of 2013, followed by the United States (2.4%). Italy was the only country reporting a year-on-year contraction (minus 0.3%). 

Gross domestic product
Percentage change on the previous quarter, seasonally adjusted data


**Data are based on SNA 2008 / ESA 2010 methodology. 

Note: Growth rate presented in this chart are based on data with more than one decimal.

Source: Quarterly National Accounts: Quarterly growth rates of real GDP




Next publication date: 20 November 2014



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