Research Briefing | Aug 13, 2021

MENA | Saudi Q2 GDP and budget deficit, Egypt inflation

MENA | Saudi Q2 GDP and budget deficit, Egypt inflation

Saudi Arabia’s GDP rose 1.5% y/y in Q2 according to the flash estimate. This was mainly driven by a boost from non-oil activity, which increased 10.1% y/y (1.3% q/q growth), but the oil sector also strengthened due to higher oil prices and production.
The Saudi budget deficit narrowed to an estimated 0.6% of GDP in Q2 on the back of higher oil prices and a surge in tax revenues. According to the finance ministry, oil revenues rose 38% y/y, while non-oil revenues tripled to SAR116bn reflecting the effect of the tripling of VAT in July last year.

What you will learn:

  • Saudi GDP rose 1.5% y/y in Q2 on the back of 10.1% growth in the non-oil sector
  • Saudi budget deficit narrowed in Q2 due to higher oil prices and a boost to tax revenues
  • Egypt’s inflation hits a seven-month high of due to electricity, tobacco and food price hikes
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