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Headline inflation rates in the Philippines (January, 2019)

THE OVERALL INCREASE in prices of widely used goods cooled for the third straight month in January, marking the slowest year-on-year reading in 10...

Analysts’ January Inflation, February Policy Rates Expectation

INFLATION likely slowed further in January as food prices sustained a decline, analysts said in a BusinessWorld poll, adding that this should enable the...

Which economies are business leaders most optimistic about?

BUSINESSMEN in the Philippines turned out to be Southeast Asia’s most confident about the year ahead even as optimism has slipped, with two out...

Analysts’ Q4, Full-Year 2018 Growth Estimates

ECONOMIC OUTPUT growth likely missed the official goal in the fourth quarter and full-year 2018, even as it is expected to remain above six...

Philippine trade year-on-year performance (November 2018)

SOFTENING MERCHANDISE TRADE in November put an end to the country’s five straight months of export growth and pulled import growth down to single-digit level, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Thursday.

ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index, December

FACTORY ACTIVITY in the Philippines improved in December at the slowest pace in three months on milder output and order growth, though overall input...

The Global Gender Gap Index 2018

THE PHILIPPINES edged up in the world’s top 10 and took the helm in East Asia and the Pacific in an annual report that...

Inflation rate outlook of select Asian economies

THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) has retained economic growth estimates for the Philippines that made the country one of Asia’s best performers, but at the same time upped its projected inflation rate this year to one of the region’s fastest.

Philippine Trade Year-On-Year Performance

THE COUNTRY’s trade balance posted a fresh record-high shortfall in October as growth of imports continued to outpace that of exports, the government reported...

State of the Philippine office market: 2018-2023

THE Philippine business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is headed toward a resurgence in 2019, as the rise in wages in the United States coupled by the weaker peso are encouraging multinational firms to move back to the country.

Approved foreign investment pledges (Q3 2018)

APPROVED foreign direct investment (FDI) commitments rose to their highest level in nearly two years last quarter even as growth slowed from the preceding three months and a year ago, according to data the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released on Thursday.

Top 1000 Corporations in the Philippines: Comparisons of Sectoral Performance in...

THE COUNTRY’S top 1,000 corporations continue to post strong earnings in 2017 amid a backdrop of sustained economic growth. Read the full story

National government fiscal performance (October 2018)

THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT saw its budget deficit more than double in October as expenditure growth outpaced an increase in revenues, the Bureau of the Treasury reported on Monday.

OECD: ‘particularly good’ growth outlook for Philippines, Vietnam

THE Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has adjusted downward its economic growth forecast for the Philippines this year and in 2019, though the economy is still expected to sustain its “good performance” over the next five years.

Gross domestic product quarterly performance (Q3 2018)

THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY grew at its slowest pace in three years last quarter, weighed down by tempered household spending amid high inflation and farm...

Philippine trade year-on-year performance (September 2018)

THE CONTINUING surge of merchandise imports and drop in products sold abroad pushed the country’s trade in goods deficit further towards the $4-billion mark in September, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Wednesday on the eve of its third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) report.

Headline inflation rates in the Philippines (October, 2018)

INFLATION steadied at the fastest pace in more than nine years in October as the cost of food, transport, and utilities remained high, although authorities said  overall price increases may have begun to lose steam. 

ASEAN manufacturing purchasing managers’ index, October

FACTORY ACTIVITY in the Philippines saw the biggest improvement in 10 months in October, keeping the country in the lead in Southeast Asia, according...

Philippine mining industry value forecast

THE PHILIPPINES will remain a compelling case for miners at least until the end of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term in 2022 despite an increasingly trying regulatory environment, according to Fitch Solution’s Philippines Mining Report.

National government fiscal performance (September 2018)

THE GOVERNMENT’S fiscal deficit closed in on the program in the nine months to September, according to latest cash operations data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) on Monday that showed state spending growth continuing to outpace an increase in revenues.

The global competitiveness index 2018 ranking

THE PHILIPPINES placed fifth among the nine economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) covered by the Global Competitiveness Report 2018-2019, which measures a country’s standing using a set of criteria that determine level of productivity, and 56th globally among 140 economies on the list. 

Overseas Filipinos’ cash remittances (August 2018)

CASH remittances slipped in August from a year ago due to lower inflows from the Middle East, the central bank said on Monday, which...

Philippine trade year-on-year performance (August 2018)

THE COUNTRY’s merchandise trade deficit lingered above the $3-billion mark for the fifth straight month this year in August as a pickup in export growth that month failed to offset a slower increase in imports, according to data the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday.