May 30 (Bloomberg) -- Norway’s economy will expand at a slower pace than previously forecast amid stagnant exports, Statistics Norway said.
The mainland economy, which excludes income from oil and shipping industries, will grow 2.4 percent this year and 3 percent next year, down from 3.4 percent in 2012, the Oslo-based agency said today. This compares with March forecasts of 2.6 percent for 2013 and 3.1 percent for 2014. In 2015, non-oil output will expand 3.3 percent, the agency said.
A recession in Europe has started to hurt the world’s fourth-richest nation per capita. Exporters have struggled to cope with a record high import-weighted krone and slowing demand from the debt-burdened euro area.
Mainland exports are estimated to be unchanged this year after rising 2.6 percent last year, SSB said.
To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Treloar in Oslo at Streloar1@bloomberg.net
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org