How deep?

The crisis sweeping the world’s economy is reflected in the output results for the third quarter of 2008, when GDP of the OECD area fell by 0.1% compared with the previous quarter. This was the first decline since 2001.

France is the only country to register a positive growth with a rise of 0.1% compared with the previous quarter. However, in Germany, Japan and Italy GDP contracted over the last two quarters. This was also the case for the euro area, where growth fell by 0.2% for the second and third quarters of 2008. In the US, where the largest fall was recorded, growth slid from 0.7% to 0.1% between the second and third quarters.

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Growth rates in the third quarter of 2008 were almost all lower than in 2001. Also, US growth has fallen by nearly two percentage points since the third quarter of 2003, the year when growth was at its peak of the last seven years. For France, the rate slid from 0.7% over that period, in Germany, there was a slide of a percentage point from 0.5 to -0.5%, while the UK saw a slightly steeper drop from 0.8% to -0.5%.

©OECD Observer No 270/271 December 2008-January 2009

Economic data

GDP growth: -9.8% Q2/Q1 2020 2020
Consumer price inflation: 1.3% Sep 2020 annual
Trade (G20): -17.7% exp, -16.7% imp, Q2/Q1 2020
Unemployment: 7.3% Sep 2020
Last update: 10 Nov 2020

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