How real are these statistics when people are not making more money but spending more?
The GDP shrank by 0.52 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the first quarter of 2017, which is the fifth consecutive quarter of contraction since the first quarter of 2016.
“This growth is 2.04 per cent higher than the rate recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2016 ( –1.49 per cent) and higher by 1.46 per cent points from rate recorded in the preceding quarter, (revised to –0.91 per cent from –0.52 per cent). Quarter on quarter, real GDP growth was 3.23 per cent,” the NBS said in the Q2 2017 GDP report.
The economy had shrunk by 1.5 per cent in 2016, the first full-year contraction in 25 years.