FARM OUTPUT barely grew last quarter as a drop in crops and fisheries offset increases in livestock and poultry, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday, prompting economists to say that overall economic expansion in the same three months — to be reported hours ahead of today’s monetary policy meeting that is expected to yield the year’s third consecutive interest rate hike after the PSA reported a fresh five-year-high 5.7% inflation rate on Tuesday — could not look to the sector for any boost. Read the full story.

Philippine agriculture performance (Q2 2018)