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Nigeria Records 1.94 % GDP Growth In Second Quarter 2019~NBS’s economic growth slows down in second quarter

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Nigeria’s economy grew year-on-year in the second quarter of 2019 by 1.94 percent, riding on the back of stable oil prices to push the half-year (H1) growth to 2.02 percent, Nigeria’s bureau of statistics said on Tuesday.

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However, when compared to 2.10 percent recorded in the first quarter of 2019, the Q2 real growth rate indicates a decline of 0.16 percent point.
The decline in Q2 may be due to the dip in crude oil production. Production slowed to 1.98 million per day as against 1.99 million recorded in the preceding quarter.
The oil sector grew by 5.15 percent while the non-oil saw a 1.64 percent increase during the quarter.
The statistics office said the growth in the non-oil sector was driven by information and communication, agriculture, mining and transportation sectors.
However, the Q2 growth is good enough to push growth in H1 of 2019 up by 0.33 percent more than the 1.69 percent recorded for the half-year of 2018.
During the quarter, aggregate GDP stood at 34.94 billion naira in nominal terms, an increase of 13.83 percent over the performance in the second quarter of 2018 and 9.8 percent over the preceding quarter.
Quarter on quarter, real GDP increased by 2.85 percent compared to a decline of –13.69 percent in the preceding period.
The performance observed in Q2 2019 follows an equally strong first-quarter performance and was likely aided by a successful political transition.
Nigeria’s central bank projected a 3 percent growth for the economy in 2019. But the country has been unable to grow beyond 3% in the last four years.

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