Nigerian Economy Contracts for 3rd Quarter


The GDP in Nigeria shrank 2.24 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2016, following a 2.06 percent decline in the previous period and marking the third consecutive quarter of contraction. Figures compare with market expectations of a 2.58 percent decline. Lower oil prices continued to hurt the oil sector which slumped for the fourth straight quarter while the non-oil sector was flat after shrinking in the previous two periods.

The oil sector declined 22.01 percent year-on-year, following a 17.48 percent drop in the previous period. The country produced 1.63 million barrels per day, down from 2.17 mbpd a year earlier, hurt by lower oil prices and several attacks by militants on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta. As a result, the oil sector accounted for 8.19 percent of the GDP compared to 10.27 percent a year eaerlier. 

The non-oil sector was nearly flat (+0.03 percent): production continued to fall for manufacturing (-4.38 percent compared to -3.36 percent in the second quarter); electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (-6.68 percent compared to -10.46 percent in the second quarter); construction (-6.13 percent compared to -6.28 percent) and trade (-1.38 percent compared to -0.03 percent), but rose for agriculture (+4.54 percent compared to 4.53 percent). 

On a quarterly basis, the economy expanded by 8.99 percent. 

National Bureau of Statistics | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
11/21/2016 1:03:06 PM