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More jobs generated as Q3 starts, but quality erodes

LATEST labor data in July bared a mixed picture as unemployment eased, but those wanting more work increased.

Banks show bigger returns in Q2 despite slower asset growth

THE COUNTRY’s biggest banks were more profitable in the second quarter even as growth in assets slowed and their capacity to absorb risky assets dipped.

Outlook on bank stocks mixed amid Q2 letdown

MARKET volatility has sent shares of bank stocks tumbling in the second quarter as earnings fell below estimates.

Yields on government debt end flat amid lack of leads

YIELDS ON government securities traded sideways last week on client-driven demand, with some investors tracking foreign exchange amid lack of domestic catalysts.

OUTLIER: ATN Holdings, Inc.

STRONG PROSPECTS of supplying rock requirements for the government’s Manila Bay reclamation projects made ATN Holdings, Inc. (ATN) one of the hottest stocks among traders last week.

June factory output growth eases to 18%

INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT continued to expand in the double digits in June but slowed to 18% compared to a month earlier, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported.

Gov’t takes stock of performance

A GOVERNMENT SCORECARD that plots the Philippines’ progress in hitting economic development targets bared progress in macroeconomy, justice, human capital and environment, but poor performance in agriculture, housing and governance.

Yields on gov’t debt mixed

YIELDS saw mixed movements last week as investors priced in the escalating trade war between the US and China and after domestic inflation reached a fresh five-year high.

Inflation surge spurs rate hike view

INFLATION surged in June to a fresh five-year high as it beat market and government estimates given for the month, leaving the door open for another policy interest rate hike.

Agriculture trade deficit widens further in Q1

THE TRADE DEFICIT in agricultural commodities further expanded in the first quarter of 2018 as agriculture exports fell sharply while imports grew.

Where are the most congested roads in Metro Manila?

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher In 2017, the average volume of vehicles that passed through Metro Manila's circumferential and radial road each day was...

How many vehicles pass through EDSA everyday?

With 367,728 vehicles traversing daily on the average, EDSA remains the National Capital Region's most congested road, based on 2017 estimates. Vehicles that pass through this highway account for 13.6% of the average daily traffic in Metro Manila, which is reported at 2.7 million.

The biggest employers in the manufacturing industry

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher Manufacturing makes up more than a fifth of the Philippine economy. In 2015, manufacturing establishments in the formal economy generated...

Where do we find the most number of unpaid laborers in...

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher Unpaid workers are workers who do not receive regular pay, which is either the working owners themselves or the...

Top domestically-traded commodities in the Philippines (as of Q1 2018)

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher Government data showed that the total value of domestic trade increased 6.1% to P174.88 billion in the first quarter...

Which regions attract the most investments?

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher Filipino and foreign investors are expected to inject some P185 billion in the form of capital investments, data from...

Trade remains a drag in April as exports drop to lowest...

THE country’s trade deficit expanded in April on account of declining merchandise exports and a double-digit surge in inbound shipments, the government reported on Friday.

Q1 building permit approvals up

THE NUMBER of approved building permits continued to grow in the first quarter albeit at a slower rate compared to a year earlier as well as a quarter earlier, the government reported yesterday.

PSA: Mining sector attracted most applicants between Jan. 2015 and June...

THE mining and quarrying industry was the most competitive in terms of the ratio of job applicants to available professional positions between Jan. 2015 and June 2016, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Can consumers keep on availing of car loans amid TRAIN?

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher BANKS HAVE BEEN lending out more readily to consumers, offering promos and flexible payment schemes to entice first-time buyers...

Yields on gov’t securities drop on thin trading

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher DOMESTIC BOND yields fell on thin trading after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) trimmed bank reserve requirements by...