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Philippines Spends More Than It Earns

Philippines Spends More Than It EarnsPhilippines Spends More Than It Earns

The Philippine economy spent substantially more than what it earned through foreign trade in the first half of 2018, with the resulting currency outflows further depressing the value of the peso against the US dollar. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said the country’s current account posted a deficit of $3.1 billion in the first six months of the year, PNA reported. This was markedly higher than the $133 million deficit recorded in the same period in 2017. At this level, the current account—which tallies the country’s trade surplus of gap with the rest of the world—already hit the $3.1-billion full year target of the central bank only halfway into 2018. “This outcome was due mainly to the widening deficit in the trade-in-goods account and lower net receipts in the primary income account, which more than offset the higher net receipts in the trade-in-services and secondary income accounts,” the BSP said. The trade deficit for the first half of 2018 rose by 27.9% to $23.3 billion as imports expanded by 10.7% while exports declined by 1.6%. Exports dropped to $25.3 billion in the first six months of 2018 from $25.7 billion in the same period last year.

 

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