• Saudi Arabia achieves the second best performance compared to the 10 largest economies in the world during the Corona peak


    ​Ikrami Abdullah from Riyadh​

    The Saudi economy outperformed compared to the ten largest economies in the world during the second quarter of this year, which is the height of the impact of the Corona pandemic on global economies.
    According to the analysis of the reports unit in Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper, based on the data of official statistical authorities in the countries covered by the analysis, the Saudi government was able to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the economy through economic stimulus packages worth billions of riyals.
    Although the Saudi economy shrank by 7 percent during the second quarter, it was the best in terms of economic performance in nine of the ten largest economies in the world, while only the Chinese economy surpassed it with a growth of 3.2 percent.
    But the peak of the Chinese economy being affected by the virus was in the first quarter, during which it contracted by 6.8 percent, and therefore the Saudi economy is the second-best performance compared to the top ten globally during the peak of the pandemic.​
    All the economies covered in the report shrank during the Corona peak and came in order as follows: China -6.8 percent, Saudi Arabia -7 percent, Germany -9.7 percent, and Brazil -11.4 percent.
    And behind it came Italy with an economic contraction of -12.8 percent, France -13.8 percent, the United Kingdom -20.4 percent, India -25.2 percent, Japan -28.1 percent, and the United States the most contracting by -31.4 percent during the second quarter of this year. , Compared to the same period last year.
    The Saudi gross domestic product, at constant prices, reached 597.8 billion riyals in the second quarter of this year, compared to 642.8 billion riyals in the comparative quarter of the ​last year 2019, shrinking by 7 percent, while it shrank 4 percent during the entire first half.
    The second quarter is the worst season affected by the "Corona" virus, while the coming quarters are expected to be the best performance.
    The shrinkage in the Saudi economy came due to the shrinkage of the oil sector by 5.3 percent due to the significant decline in oil prices and the commitment to the "OPEC +" agreement to reduce production to face the repercussions of the Corona pandemic.
    As for the non-oil sector, it shrank by 8.2% due to the private sector shrinking by 10.1%, and the government sector by 3.5% in light of complete closure during the second quarter.
    The contraction of the non-oil sector, especially the private sector, came in light of the almost complete closure of economic activities in the second quarter due to the outbreak of "Corona".

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    Economic Reports Unit​

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