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Trade gap widens on import surge

By Carmina Angelica V. Olano, Researcher FLAT merchandise export sales and inbound foreign goods’ continued surge caused the country’s trade gap to widen further in...

Financial market volatility to continue in Q3

RATTLING developments at home and abroad sent local financial markets on a downtrend in the second quarter, leading analysts to expect that this will carry over into the next three months.

OUTLIER: Ayala Land, Inc.

FOREIGNERS loaded on Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) stocks last week, making it the most actively traded stock in the local bourse during the period.

Q2 GDP growth slowdown threatens full-year target

THE Philippine economy grew to its slowest pace in three years in the second quarter, leading some analysts to downgrade their forecasts despite the country remaining as one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies.

No GDP boost from flat second-quarter agriculture output

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.

Household spending rises 5.9% in 2017 — PSA

HOUSEHOLD SPENDING increased 5.9% in 2017 though 13 of 17 regions posted slower growth rates, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Yields on gov’t securities climb after BSP decision

YIELDS on government securities (GS) traded on the secondary market continued to climb last week following the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) decision to raise interest rates anew amid rising inflation.

Where does the Philippines sell most of its exported goods?

By Carmina Angelica V. Olano, Researcher US, Hong Kong and Japan continued to be the Philippines' top export destinations, accounting for 45% of total exports in...

Q2 GDP growth likely on target — Budget chief

ECONOMIC growth likely picked up this quarter to fall within the 7-8% official full-year 2018 target, the Budget chief said on Tuesday, as the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that factory output began those three months with its biggest improvement in eight years.

AUB gears up for China market: A Q&A

By Carmina Angelica V. Olano SINCE its establishment in 1997, the Asia United Bank (AUB) has continuously transformed its processes digitally to become, in the...

Yields on government debt climb following central bank rate hike

By Carmina Angelica V. Olano YIELDS on government securities (GS) traded in the secondary market rose slightly last week on demand following the highly anticipated...