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Contribution of informal sector to GDP rose to 13.1% in 2009


Poland’s informal sector generated gross domestic product of PLN 176bn (approx. €44.1bn) in 2009, according to newly-released data from the Central Statistical Office (GUS). As a result, its contribution to the country’s GDP increased to 13.1% from 11.8% in 2008. This marked a reversal of a declining trend that saw the share of the informal economy decrease steadily from 13.7% in 2006.

The extra value added and incomes generated by the informal economy mainly supported household consumption and gross fixed capital formation.

The biggest contributor to the informal sector in 2006-2009 was informal activity performed by registered companies (8-10%). At the same time, the share of unreported work decreased to 3.5% from 4%.

In terms of sectors, the biggest contributors were trade, construction, and real estate and business services firms.

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