GDP growth forecast for Sweden nudged down to 3.2% due to weaker near-term activity
Growth in Q3 and previous quarters was revised up, pushing up our 2021 forecast to 4.7% from 4.3%. But we have lowered our near-term forecast due to the emergence of the Omicron variant, although this should be compensated for by faster growth later next year to give 2022 growth of 3.2%, slightly lower than projected last month.
What you will learn:
- We expect Sweden to have minimal formal restrictions, although consumers are likely to voluntarily change their behaviour during the winter months.
- The job recovery continues at a steady pace. According to the Public Employment Service, the unemployment rate eased to 7.2% in November, in line with the average just before the pandemic.
- Headline CPI inflation jumped to 3.3% y/y in November from 2.8% in October, in line with our forecast, as electricity prices surged again.
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