Financial Crisis Burdens Economic Activity in Poland
In the first half of the year 2008, domestic demand –the main force behind growth – only marginally declined. Still extraordinarily high was the demand for the output of construction firms. Although demand from Western European countries declined since spring, the foreign trade was not much behind its level of the previous year because of high export activity to Asian and Eastern European countries. In the second half of the year, both, the finance and banking system as well as the real economy, were impacted by the consequences of global financial crisis. Indications of that are the temporary collapse of the polish stock market, the rapid fall of the Złoty and the weakening of domestic demand and exports. Against this background, expansion of economic activity in 2009 will continue at a markedly lower level.