Official figures show that in the third quarter of 2015, the Maltese economy continued to register robust growth, with a GDP growth of 5.4 per cent in real terms and 8.0 per cent in nominal terms. The rate is the highest rate in the Eurozone, surpassing its average of 1.6 per cent.
More importantly, official figures show that economic growth was broad based. Indeed, during the first three quarters, particularly strong increases were registered in the professional, scientific and technical sector and administration and support activities (17.5 per cent) and the financial and insurance sector (11.7 per cent). Other notable private sector increases were also recorded in real estate activities and wholesale and retail trade and accommodation and food service activities. The very strong growth in the service sectors more than compensated for the marginal decline in the manufacturing sector.
PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY FOR FINANCE
The increase in real GDP was underpinned by a considerable increase in investment which increased by 21.5 per cent during the first nine months of 2015 and consumer expenditure increasing by around 4.6 per cent. This remarkable growth in investment is in line with Government policy to reform pivotal sectors of our economy and to actively encourage the development of new growth sectors. Both will provide the foundation of further growth in the years to come. Exports of goods and services also increased by 2.5 per cent in the first three quarters of 2015.
Growth in Government expenditure during the first nine months was contained at 1.8 per cent while in the third quarter of this year, Government expenditure declined by 5.4 per cent in real terms when compared with the same period of 2014.
The benefits of this economic growth were not limited to investment and exports but were transmitted to firms and employees. Indeed, it is encouraging to note that profits, during the first three quarters of this year, increased by 11.5 per cent or €300.9 million while salaries in the form of compensation of employees increased by 4.7 per cent or €124.6 million.
Commenting on these results, Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna remarked: “Latest GDP figures released by NSO, confirm that the Maltese economy is registering strong and broad-based growth. This augurs well for the sustainability of our economic growth”.
– Tuesday, 8th December, 2015