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Data confirms Argentina's economy has slid into recession

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014 - 00:13 UTC
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The sharp decline of the auto sector in terms of production, domestic sales and exports was reflected in the contracting EMAE The sharp decline of the auto sector in terms of production, domestic sales and exports was reflected in the contracting EMAE

Argentina’s economic activity index (EMAE), which is seen as a close proxy of GDP, fell 0.5% in April compared with the same month last year, according to data released by the government's stats office Indec. Nonetheless activity went up 0.6% in April compared to March.

 The stats office also included downward corrections for the first two months of the year, with January’s EMAE, dropping from an initially reported 1.3% to 1% and February moving down from 1.3 to 0.9%.

In the same inter-annual monthly comparison, the economic activity index has thus dropped 0.9% in March, risen 0.9% in February and increased 1% in January.

The abrupt and sharp decline of the auto sector in terms of production, domestic sales and exports was reflected in the contracting EMAEs of March and April. This despite the government of president Cristina Fernandez' renewal of a trade pact with Brazil and the unveiling of the Procreauto credit scheme for car purchases.

The Argentine auto sector crisis was triggered by a luxury goods tax hike that had a trickle-down effect, starting with significant drops in premium car sales and culminating in temporary suspensions for thousands of workers at plants in Córdoba and Buenos Aires province.

April’s data marked the second consecutive fall in the monthly EMAE economic activity index only published on a quarterly basis. Data released last week showed Argentina’s economy slid into recession in the first three months of the year, marking two consecutive quarters of contraction.

Categories: Economy, Argentina.

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  • Z-ville

    And that is the “official” statistics.

    Subtract out their suppressed inflation numbers, overstated currency value, transfer payments, etc. and the truth is probably closer to Economic Free Fall...

    Jul 02nd, 2014 - 12:58 am 0
  • Anglotino

    The Kirchnerism economic model is running out of steam.

    Anyone with an ounce of intelligence has seen this coming for years. So no one should be surprised.

    The fact that a recession has hit while inflation is still out of control and the country is about to default again is just amazing timing.

    Who will get the blame this time? It can't be IMF and supposedly liberal economic policies that got the blame last time.

    Jul 02nd, 2014 - 01:42 am 0
  • yankeeboy

    There's no easy way to get out of stagflation. If I know these idiots they choose the wrong path.
    They'll devalue, juice the economy with more pesos and won't stop until Argentina looks like Venezuela
    As I've been saying when this all goes bad its going to go big.

    Jul 02nd, 2014 - 02:57 am 0
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