‎Analysts: 9.9% GDP growth to allow for budget surpluses, benefit Saudi companies

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‎Analysts: 9.9% GDP growth to allow for budget surpluses, benefit Saudi companies

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Saudi Arabia’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 9.9% in the first quarter of 2022 is expected allow for budget surpluses and benefit domestic companies through government spending, analysts told Argaam.

“We are very fortunate to have significant growth in GDP resulting from the rise in oil revenue, given the current conditions of the world economy,” Mohammed Al Suwayed, CEO of Razeen Capital, said.

It will lead to budget surpluses this year, even if fiscal policy temporarily shifts to expansionary, he added.

There is a marked difference in the growth rates of various sectors, Al Suwayed said. Building, construction and real estate showed weak growth, while financial services, transport, warehousing, wholesale and retail trade displayed high growth rates even when compared on an annual basis to pre-pandemic 2019.

Al Suwayed pointed to the importance of noting the continued growth of gross fixed capital formation due to the private sector, which saw nearly 20% increase during Q1 2022 compared to the same period a year ago, and about 40% growth when compared to 2019.

Meanwhile, Abdul-elah Qasim, a financial analyst, said that the announcement will benefit Saudi companies through government spending, increasing the number of jobs, reducing unemployment and accelerating the completion of planned projects.

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