According to a recent report on the Statistics Estonia site, economic growth in Estonia grew by two per cent y-o-y to Q2 2012.
However, GDP only grew by 0.4 per cent, when seasonal and work-day factors are taken into account, between Q1 and Q2.
Most of the growth came from the construction, information and communication and administrative and support service areas, whereas manufacturing, the biggest single sector, had a negligble effect on growth, according to the report.
The report stated that reductions in value added in the real estate sector, going back to Q3 of 2010, had an impact on this slowing. Normalisation after the adoption of the Euro (which saw a rise in real estate prices due to ’rounding up’ around the time of the currency’s adoption in January 2011) and the rise in construction material prices may have been two causes of this.
This is not the final word on the matter from Statistics Estonia however; figures for Q1 and Q2 2012 growth will be re-estimated and published on the site on 7th September, the report stated.
The original report is available here.