Compared to the third quarter of 2017, domestic consumption in the third quarter of 2018 increased for 3.5%. Final consumption increased for 0.7%, gross investment increased for 13.4%. The most important components of domestic consumption are final consumption of households and gross investment in fixed assets.
Gross investment in fixed assets in the third quarter of 2018, compared with the same quarter of the previous year, increased for 12.0%. Growth in gross investment in fixed assets has been positively impacted by investment in buildings, and in machinery and equipment. Among investments in buildings and facilities, in this quarter of the year have significantly increased the investments in non-residential buildings. These investments have been increasing since the beginning of 2017.
In the third quarter of 2018, the value of exports and the value of imports grew slightly slower than in the past two years. Exports increased for 5.7%, imports increased for 4.3%. Despite the slower growth in exports and imports, the external demand had a very positive impact on the economic growth. The foreign trade balance invested 1.7 percentage points in the growth of the Slovenian economy.
The total number of employments in the third quarter was 1,022,053 people and, compared to the same quarter last year, the employment rate has increased for 2.8%. Majority of people was employed in the production, construction, trade, professional, scientific and technical activities.
Source: newspaper “Delo”, 30.11.2018