"Poland Metals Report Q1 2015" now available at Fast Market Research

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Wed Dec 03 2014

The economic recovery in Poland continues to gather momentum, with leading and coincident indicators - particularly retail sales and wage growth - pointing towards improvements in domestic demand in addition to the export-driven real GDP growth that arrived in the second half of 2013. The acceleration in euro area growth, particularly in key trade partners such as Germany will continue to drive forward Polish export growth - especially in the autos sector. Furthermore, the recovery in international trade will continue to feed-through into the labour market, resulting in positive employment gains as hiring improves. This all bodes well for the metals industry in Poland, within which we are forecasting uninterrupted growth from 2014 through to the end of our forecast period in 2018.

Real GDP grew 2.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) in Poland in Q413. While the reading was slightly lower than consensus expectations for 2.9%, BMI had been cautioning for some time that market expectations for Polish growth had been turning slightly too exuberant, despite the positive outlook. Nonetheless, the economic outlook for Poland remains highly encouraging, and we recently revised up our growth forecasts for 2014 to 2.8%, from 2.6% previously. Looking further ahead, we are forecasting growth of 3.1% in 2015 and 3.7% for 2016. Although we are optimistic about Poland's growth prospects, we are more cautious regarding metal consumption and production prospects.

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Looking at the longer term, we expect growth in Poland as an autos export hub to improve as its key trading partners in Europe begin to see economic activity improve once more. In contrast, we expect construction activity to remain underwhelming. Production of steel, copper and lead will grow, but at a slower rate than demand. In the case of copper, BMI expects investment in the sector to be deterred by weak copper prices and declining ore grades, which will all serve as a lag on potential production...

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