Saudi non-oil economy grows for first time since pandemic

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  • Date: 10-May-2021
  • Source: Salaam Gateway
  • Sector: Economy
  • Country: Saudi Arabia
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Saudi non-oil economy grows for first time since pandemic

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Published 10 May,2021 via Bloomberg Markets - Saudi Arabia’s non-oil economy -- the engine of job creation -- grew in the first quarter for the first time since the pandemic hit, even as the overall economy was dragged into contraction by oil production cuts.

The non-oil sector grew 3.3% from a year earlier, according to a preliminary estimates released on Monday by the kingdom’s General Authority for Statistics. The oil sector shrank 12%, the most in at least a decade according to data compiled by Bloomberg, leading the overall economy to contract 3.3%.

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