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AMRO downgrades already gloomy outlook for ASEAN+3 economies for 2020

S&P GLOBAL RATINGS expects the Philippine economy to shrink by 9.5% this year — the worst in Southeast Asia, due to the “stubbornly high” coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections and low fiscal support.

Metro Manila among the bottom-ranked cities in ‘smart’ list, worst in...

THE Philippine capital slipped 10 spots in the Global Smart City Index released on Thursday by the Switzerland-based Institute for Management Development (IMD), as...

Q2 2020 GDP growth forecast

THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY is widely expected to have declined much faster in the second quarter compared with the previous quarter, according to economists. Read...

Philippine trade year-on-year performance (April 2020)

PHILIPPINE international trade performance further shrank in April as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the global lockdown restrictions constricted trade activity, the...

National Government Fiscal Performance

THE government’s budget deficit inched up in March as expenditures outpaced revenues, but the first-quarter gap narrowed due to slower spending due to the...

BusinessWorld’s Analysts Polls

PHILIPPINE gross domestic product (GDP) growth likely sharply slowed in the first three months of 2020, as the economy faced supply and demand shocks...

IMF growth projections scaled down as pandemic woes continue

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its growth forecast for the Philippines this year to 0.6% as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic wreaks havoc on the global economy.

Manila among the world’s cheapest cities to build in

THE construction industry is seeking to attract returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Read the full story.

Policy rate expectations for March 19

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) may cut rates anew this week following the move of global central banks to ease policy amid fears...

Where the world’s wealthy live

THE PRICES of goods may spike, amid the disruption of global supply chains due to the continued spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),...

Headline inflation rates in the Philippines

THE GENERAL INCREASE in the prices of widely used goods and services eased in February due to slower price adjustments in the heavily weighted...

Manufacturing purchasing managers’ index of select ASEAN economies, February (2020)

FACTORY ACTIVITY in the country improved in February to reach a 13-month high driven by sustained growth in output and new orders, despite delays...

Analysts’ February Inflation Rate Estimates

INFLATION may have quickened slightly in February due to higher food prices, which was likely offset by lower utility and oil prices amid the...

Combined assets of the Philippines’ largest banks reach P17.93 trillion in...

THE COUNTRY’s biggest banks saw their capacity to absorb risky assets improve in the last three months of 2019, even as aggregate profitability dipped...

More Filipino women in senior business roles

THE Philippines has topped the list of 32 countries in a global survey on the role of women in senior management. Read the full...

Approved foreign investment pledges hit record-high P390.1 billion in 2019

FOREIGN INVESTMENT pledges received by the country’s investment promotion agencies (IPAs) surged to a record high in 2019, data by the Philippine Statistics Authority...

How does the Philippines compare with other Asian economies in terms...

THE Philippines’ score improved by nearly four percentage points in the US Chamber of Commerce’s (USCC) 2020 International Intellectual Property Index, after its implementation...

Which were the Philippines’ most profitable companies in 2018?

To know more about the country's top-performing firms, buy the latest copy of the Top 1000, which is available at select branches of National...

Analysts’ January inflation rate estimates, monetary policy action expectations

INFLATION likely quickened further in January mainly on the back of an uptick in food prices, some supply side shocks from the Taal Volcano...

Philippines’ gross domestic product performance (2019)

THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY grew by 6.4% in the fourth quarter, its fastest pace for 2019 on the back of robust household spending and a...

Analysts’ Q4, full-year 2019 growth estimates

THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY likely grew in the fourth quarter at its fastest pace for 2019 on the back of robust household spending and a...

Analysts’ December inflation rate estimates

INFLATION likely continued to pick up in December due to seasonal demand amid the holidays, as well as diminishing base effects from 2018’s highs,...

Manufacturing purchasing managers’ index of select ASEAN economies, December (2019)

FACTORY ACTIVITY in the country improved modestly in December, driven by growing demand and higher exports, but production slowed to a two-year low, dragged...

Overseas Filipinos’ cash remittances (October 2019)

CASH sent home by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) grew at the fastest clip in a year to their biggest amount, so far, for 2019...