Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates

November 11, 2016

Nigeria Economic Review

This report provides a concise and timely analytical
overview of key aspects of the Nigerian economy. The report is an attempt to
track the developments in the relevant aspects of the economy over a
three-month period. It provides valuable insights into potential drivers of the
economic trends and outlines expectations for subsequent quarters of the year.
The areas of focus are Global Economic Performance, Domestic Economic
Performance, External Sector Performance, and Sectoral Performance. 

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