No surprise: GDP of Turkey increased by 15.6% q/q in 3Q2020

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Turkey increased by 6.7% in the third quarter of the year 2020 (3Q2020) compared to the same quarter of the previous year according to the unadjusted terms. In 2Q2020 when the Covid-19 was declared as pandemic by WHO, GDP contracted by 11% compared to previous quarter (q/q) and 9.9% compared to the same quarter of the previous year (y/y) due to the Covid-19 based tight restrictions.

In seasonally and calendar-based adjustments GDP expanded by 15.6% q/q in 3Q2020 while the year-on-year expansion realized as 6.5% in calendar adjusted figures. Before the announcement, CEFIS of Bilgi University forecasted q/q expansion of 15.85%.

In the graph below, orange colored bars show q/q percentage changes in seasonally and calendar adjusted production-modelled-GDP figures while blue bars represent the y/y percentage changes in the calendar adjusted figures.

Source: TUIK

In the graph above, we can see that 31.1% q/q increase in the industrial sector and 33.4% q/q increase in the services sector were the main drivers of the q/q GDP growth in 3Q2020. Taxes less subsidies on products expanded 8.7% q/q in 3Q2020. Worth to remind that tax delaying in 2nd quarter to the 3rd quarter influences aforementioned revenue increase.

On the other hand, the graph below shows the quarterly changes in consumption which supports production. The orange colored bars show the quarterly changes in calendar and seasonally adjusted consumption-based GDP components while blue bars show yearly changes in calendar adjusted GDP components.

Source: TUIK

In the graph above, we understand that a 30.1% q/q increase of exports of goods and services in 3Q2020 supported both industrial and services sectors on the production side. Moreover, we see that a 27.6% quarterly increase in imports of goods and services supported the exports of goods and services in 3Q2020. Because we all know that Turkey’s industrial production depends mostly on imports of intermediate goods. Furthermore, gross fixed capital formation rising by 20.8% q/q in 3Q2020 shows the rise in investment expenditures to meet the demand and increase the stocks.

The leading indicators regarding 4Q2020 comprising the period of October-November-December (exports, real sector confidence index, capacity utilization of manufacturing sector, manufacturing sector PMI) signal that;

. the industrial sector supports the industrial sector as well as GDP growth in the period of October-November, and

. the services sector (sectoral confidence indices, SAMEKS indices, tourism) puts downward pressure on GDP growth compared to 3Q2020 due to the latest engaged COVID-19 related restrictions.

Fulya Gürbüz, Ph.D.

Industrial sector lost momentum in August 2020

Source: Turkstat

Falling exports was the main factor behind weakening industrial sector

According to calendar and seasonally adjusted Turkstat data, industrial production rose 3.4% m/m in August following 8.48% rise in July. The main factor behind weakening is a 4.63% decline in durable consumer goods production in the same period.

Besides, declining exports by 17% in August also explains momentum lost in industrial production. According to the TİM figures, industrial goods exports fell by 18% in August. In detail, Vehicles and Sub-Industry exports and Iron and Steel exports fell by 30% and 16% in August, respectively. Moreover, declining in leading exports sectors of textile and chemicals suggests deterioration in nondurables production.

Retail sales partly supported the industrial production in August

According to calendar and seasonally adjusted Turkstat figures, retail sales increased by 1.4% m/m in August. Food and automotive fuel excluded sales rose by 4.5% while food, beverage, and tobacco sales shrank by 3.7% in the same month. Furthermore, textile, clothing and footwear sales soared by 12.7% thanks to the discount season. On the other hand, electrical goods, and furniture sales narrowed by 4.8% in August stemming from jumping consumer loan rates from 13% to 17% levels.

Source: Turkstat

Industrial production may perform better in September

Calendar and seasonally adjusted SAMEKS Industrial Sector Index weakened slightly in September, and a similar weakness was also seen in ISO manufacturing sector PMI figures. TİM exports figures, on the other hand, pointed to a 30.5% increase in September. Considering the figures mentioned above, we may say that industrial production may perform better in September compared to the August figures.

Industrial sector will support the employment in August, but the outlook is unfavorable for September

According to seasonally adjusted labor force statistics, unemployment rate realized as 13.6% in the period of July 2020 down by 0.5 percentage point the previous period.

Source: Turkstat

Considering both retail sales and SAMEKS Services Index in August, employment in the services sector does not point out any favorable outlook, while this is not the case for the September figures.

On the other hand, SAMEKS Industrial Sector figures indicate speeding in recruitment in August signaling improvement in employment outlook in the sector. However, September SAMEKS figures points to a discouraging employment outlook.

Fulya Gürbüz, Ph.D.

The industrial sector accelerated due to the increase in exports in June

Following a record low levels stemming from pandemic related isolation in April and a moderate improvement in May, we saw a rapid increase in industrial production in June. The reasons behind the improvement in June are purchasing managers indices and exports figures:

According to unadjusted figures, Industrial Sector PMI Index (SAMEKS) increased to 49.7 in May and to 56.7 in June following record low levels of 25.4 in April. Figures lower than 50 level point out contraction compared to the previous month in the sector. According to the calendar and seasonally adjusted figures, the index navigated from 29.7 in April to 44.6 in May and to 51.6 in June. New orders sub-index increased by 9.8 points m/m to 52.8, input purchases sub-index increased by 9.0 points m/m to 57.5, production sub-index increased by 8.5 points m/m to 49.2 and employment sub-index increased by 13.5 points m/m to 58.1 in June.

IHS Markit Turkey Manufacturing PMI index increased to 53.9 in June, from levels of 33.4 in April and 40.9 in May. Like SAMEKS index, levels above 50 in ISO Markit PMI index refer to growth in the sector compared to the previous month. Although new orders increased in June, rate of increase in new export orders fell behind total new orders. Furthermore, both employment purchasing activity increased in June. However, input stocks decreased due to the use of existing stocks in the same period.

The factor that pulled down the SAMEKS and ISO PMI indices was the decrease in delivery times sub-index. This demonstrated that disruptions in the supply chain continue. However, depreciation in Turkish lira in June resulted in rise in both input costs and thus selling prices, and output charges increased at the fastest pace in the last three months.

According to TİM (Turkish Exporters Assembly) export figures of General Trade System increased to 13,469 million dollars in June following 8,993 million dollars in April and 9,964 million dollars in May. You can see the figures of Industrial Sector SAMEKS and TİM export figures for the last 3.5 years.

As can be seen the graph below, while the main export sector was Apparel sector in period of 2000-2006, Motor Vehicles and Spare Parts sector has received the flag since 2006. Automotive sector exports, which fell to $ 596 million in April increased to 1.2 billion in May and to 2,0 billion dollars in June. However, the exports performance in June is below the March figures.

The graph below shows annual average export figures of main exports sectors in period of 2000-2019.

Although export sectors got momentum in June as can be seen the graph below, performance of the sectors are behind the average of 2019 figures as we consider the graph above. Performance of the leading export sector, Motor Vehicles and Spare Parts, is at the levels seen in the period of 2013-2015 yet.

And finaly, we consider the services sector with the help of Services Sector SAMEKS Index and import figures in June. Services Sector SAMEKS Index increased by 0.5 points to 42.4 which means that the contraction in the sector continued in June at a slower pace compared to the previous month. The reason behind the rise is the input purchases sub-index increasing by 3.4 points to 50.1 in June.  Furthermore, according to the Ministry of Commerce foreign trade figures in June, imports of intermediate and investment goods increased in June compared to the previous month. When we consider ISO PMI figures indicating pace of exports orders falling behind total orders, the rise in imports of intermediate and investment goods supports the rise in input purchases for both supplying export orders and input stocks. Excluding increasing gold imports in June, retail sales figures of June due on August will show the other reasons behind the rise in domestic orders.

On the other hand, it is clear that the rising of credit volume which began in the second half of 2019 and continues since the beginning of 2020 will support economic growth in the second quarter of 2020. However, any delay in the growth engine of the services sector activity, which is the engine of the economic growth, and increasing price levels may result in weakening of purchasing power.

Let me bring it to your attention; while the ratio of non-performing loans to total loans is at 4.8% in May, the of ratio of expected loss provisions to total loans is at 5.3% in the same period. Despite the fact that the ratio of non-performing loans to total loans was at 5.7% in December 2019 and the of ratio of expected loss provisions to total loans was at 5.5% in January 2020, and decreased from these levels in May, trend in non-performing loans would not exhibit an optimistic outlook for the banking sector should deterioration of the income distribution continue.income distribution,

Dr. Fulya Gürbüz

Turkish Exporters Assembly: Exports increased by 7.6% m/m in May

According to Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), exports increased by 7.6% to 9 billion dollars in May compared to the previous month but fell by 42% year-on-year. 12-month rolling total exports fell to 152.4 billion US dollars in May due to the Covid-19 related weakness. Historical peak of 167.2 billion US dollars was recorded in February 2020.

A considerable monthly improvement in exports is not a surprise since manufacturing PMI figures of Turkey’s main exports market, Europe, exposed a slight improvement in May following a solid decline in April.

On a sectoral base, exports of industrial goods increased by 19% to 5.4 billion US dollars in May compared to the previous month. Exports of automotive industrial goods doubled on monthly basis to 1,2 billion US dollars. Besides, exports of clothing and apparel goods increased by 46% to 0,8 billion US dollars. On the other hand, export figures of iron and steel products, which are third largest industrial export goods of Turkey, sustained to decrease for the last four months to 0,8 billion US dollars in May, which is the lowest level since October 2017. As can be seen in the graph below, trade war started by Trump administration in March 2018 continues to have a negative impact on Turkey’s production and exporting of both Motor Vehicles and Spare Parts and Iron and Steel Products apart from Covid-19.

In 2019, Turkey’s top ten export markets are listed from the most to the least as follows: Germany, Italy, USA, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Israel, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. The graph below shows export performance of Turkey in country basis. Bursting Covid-19 in March 2020 reflected isolation and thus sharp deterioration in production, service, and trade in April. However, manufacturing PMI figures of May showed a slight improvement in economic activity associated with easing in isolation measures. Consequently, this has created a positive impact on Turkey’s exports performance in May.

Since Turkey’s industrial production depends on importing intermediate goods, it will not be a surprise to see an increase in import figures in May. The import figures of May will be released by Turkish Statistical Institute (www.turkstat.gov.tr) at the end of June.

Fulya Gürbüz, Ph.D.

Main factor in price increases is the depreciation of the Turkish lira

Turkish Statistical Institute released consumer (CPI) and domestic producer price (D-PPI) indices of May 2020. As can be seen in the graph above, monthly changes of both inflation figures have been rising continuously since December 2019.

CPI (2003=100) increased by 1.36% on monthly basis on the previous month by 1.36%, on December of the previous year by 4.57%, on same month of the previous year by 11.39% and on the twelve months moving averages basis by 12.10% in May 2020.

D-PPI (2003=100) increased by 1.54% on monthly basis, increased by 6.15% on December of the previous year basis, increased by 5.53% on same month of the previous year basis and increased by 9.14% on the twelve months moving averages basis in May 2020.

However, the year on year changes in both indices look more moderate:

If you pay attention to the graph above, I try to explain the year-on-year changes of inflation figures with the changes of USD/TRY. Why do I do that?

Because Turkey’s production mechanism depends mainly on intermediate goods imports, and payments are made in foreign currencies which are mainly in US dollars and Euro. Therefore, the price rise of imported goods in terms of Turkish lira is the most important factor affecting production costs and thus output prices.

As can be seen in the graph below, another important factor that causes price increases is the increase in taxes on goods.

Fulya Gürbüz, Ph.D.