Turkey’s economy expanded more than estimated in the second quarter as public spending surged and household consumption remained strong.
Gross domestic product expanded 3.8 percent in the April-to-June period, compared with a revised 2.5 percent in the previous quarter, the statistics agency said on Thursday. That compared with a median estimate of 3.1 percent in a Bloomberg survey of 16 analysts. Seasonally-adjusted output rose 1.3 percent from the previous quarter.
Household demand, which makes up roughly two-thirds of GDP, grew 5.6 percent in the second quarter while public consumption expanded 7.2 percent, compared with a 2.5 percent gain in the previous quarter.
The lira pared losses after the data release and was trading at 3.0435 per dollar at 10:12 a.m. in Istanbul.