Retail Sales in Finland

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Finland - Retail Sales

The economy slowed in quarter-on-quarter terms in the first quarter of this year, according to preliminary data. Although comprehensive figures will only be released on 29 May, monthly data suggests persistently weak investment constrained the economy. Construction activity, for example, decreased in both January and March in month-on-month terms. On the other hand, private consumption was likely resilient thanks to the lower unemployment rate. Q1’s slowdown was corroborated by the European Commission’s measure of the Finnish business cycle, which reported the lowest reading in March since July 2016. Meanwhile, in politics, the Social Democrats are in talks to form a coalition government with the Center Party, the Green Party, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People’s Party, which, if successful, would see the five-party center-left group hold 117 seats in the 200-seat parliament.

Finland - Retail Sales Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Retail Sales (annual variation in %)-1.0  -1.2  0.5  2.0  2.5  

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Finland Retail
Note: Annual variation of real retail sales in %.
Source: Statistics Finland.

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Bond Yield0.093.70 %Jun 11
Exchange Rate8.72-0.38 %Jun 14
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