Saudi economy contracted by 4.1% in 2020

Saudi economy contracted by 4.1% in 2020
Economy of world’s top oil exporter shrank by 3.8% in Q4 year-on-year. (File/AFP)
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Updated 10 February 2021

Saudi economy contracted by 4.1% in 2020

Saudi economy contracted by 4.1% in 2020
  • Economy of world’s top oil exporter shrank by 3.8% in Q4 year-on-year

The Saudi economy contracted by 4.1 percent in 2020, hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, lower crude prices and output cuts, according to data published by the General Authority for Statistics on Wednesday.
The economy of the world’s top oil exporter contracted by 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the same period a year earlier, but grew 2.8 percent on a quarterly basis, according to preliminary estimates.
Saudi Arabia will publish final gross domestic product (GDP) data on March 16, the authority said.
The Kingdom announced its budget for 2021 in December, with spending projected at SR990 billion ($264 billion) and revenue projected to rise by 10.3 percent to SR849 billion.
The budget deficit is projected to narrow to SR141 billion, or 4.9 percent of economic output, compared to nearly SR300 billion, or 12 percent of the Kingdom’s GDP, this year.