Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 2.28%(year-on-year), in real terms, in the third quarter of 2019. Compared to the third quarter of 2018 which recorded a growth of 1.81%, the real GDP growth rate observed in the third quarter of 2019 indicates an increase of 0.47% points.

Relative to the  second quarter of 2019, which recorded a growth rate of 2.12%, Q3 2019 represents an increase of  0.17% points.* On a quarter on quarter basis, however, real GDP grew by 9.23%.  The growth rate in Q3 2019 represents the second highest quarterly rate recorded since 2016.

In the quarter under review, aggregate GDP stood at   N37,806,924.41 million in nominal terms. This performance is higher compared to the aggregate of N33,368,049.14 million recorded in the third quarter of 2018, representing a year on year nominal growth rate of 13.30%. The growth rate is, however, lower relative to rates recorded in the third quarter of 2018 by – 0.28% points and the rates  recorded in the preceding quarter by – 0.71% points. For better clarity, the Nigerian economy has been classified broadly into the oil and non-oil sectors.

In Q3 2019, Nigeria recorded average daily oil production of 2.04 million barrels per day (mbpd), its highest in more than three years. This output was 0.1mbpd higher than the daily average production of 1.94mbpd recorded in the same quarter of 2018, and 0.02mbpd higher than the revised oil production levels in Q2 2019 of 2.02mbpd.

The non-oil sector grew by 1.85% in real terms during the reference quarter.  This is -0.48% points lower when compared to the rate recorded in the same quarter of 2018 but 0.20% points higher than the second quarter of 2019. During the quarter, the sector was driven mainly by the Information and Communication sector. Other drivers were Agriculture, Mining and Quarrying, Transportation and Storage, and Manufacturing. In real terms, the Non-Oil sector contributed 90.23% to the nation’s GDP, slightly lower than the share recorded in the third quarter of 2018 (90.62%), and in the second quarter of 2019 (91.02%). 


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