first quarter of 2013
According to the Basque statistics office Eustat, the GDP of the Basque Country registered a 0.5% quarter-on-quarter downturn in the first quarter of 2013.
The Gross Domestic Product posted a variation of -0.5% in the first quarter of 2013. Photo: EITB
The Autonomous Community of the Basque Country fell deeper into recession in the first three months of the year, according to the advance data prepared by EUSTAT.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Basque Country posted a variation of -0.5% in the first quarter of 2013 with respect to the previous quarter, once corrected for calendar and seasonal effects.
This figure is the same as that registered in the two previous quarters and, also, the same as the figure registered by the Spanish economy, according to the data published by the National Statistics Institute.
With regards to the same quarter of the previous year, the year-on-year fall was 1.9%, two tenths higher than the fall registered for the preceding fourth quarter. This figure stood at -2.0% for the Spanish economy.
From the point of view of supply, all sectors registered negative year-on-year evolution in the first quarter of 2013, although within the industrial sector the figure was slightly less negative than the figure in the preceding quarter. In quarter-on-quarter terms, both Industry and Services evidenced better performance in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2012.
Employment, measured as full time equivalent jobs, maintained negative figures when compared with the same quarter in the previous year and in quarter-on-quarter terms, registering falls of -2.9% and -0.7%, respectively, although the descent was less accused than in the previous quarter.