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Austrian Economy Poised to Expand Amid European Risk, Wifo Says

March 21 (Bloomberg) -- Austria’s economy, driven by exports and buoyed by consumer spending, is set to expand in the face of risks posed by other countries sharing the euro currency, the state-supported Wifo research institute said.

Wifo reiterated its forecast that gross domestic product, the sum of all goods and services, will expand 1 percent this year and 1.8 percent in 2014, according to an e-mailed statement from the Vienna-based group. Exports, about a third of which go Germany, are expected to increase 3.8 percent this year and 6 percent next year.

“The domestic economy is still poised for a long and broad-based recovery,” Wifo said. “There are still risks, however in the external environment.”

Private consumption will increase 0.6 percent in 2013 and 0.9 percent next year, Wifo said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Tirone in Vienna at jtirone@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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