Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates

September 25, 2017

Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 36)

Recently
released GDP figures reveals that the three major sectors recorded positive and
negative growth rates individually in 2017Q2. Firstly, Agricultural
sector grew Year on Year by 3.01 percent, down from 3.39 percent in 2017Q1- driven by
weaker output in crop production and Fishing sub-sectors. This is not
unconnected with the planting season and the shortage of grainsfor livestock/fish respectively.

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