Guatemala Economic Activity


Economic activity slows markedly at the outset of Q2

In April, economic activity rose 2.2% over the same month last year, according to the monthly indicator for economic activity (IMAE, Indice Mensual de la Actividad Economica). The reading more than halved the 4.9% increase observed in March (previously reported: +4.4% year-on-year) and marked the slowest pace of expansion since April 2010. On a monthly basis, economic activity grew a seasonally adjusted 0.28% in April, which was virtually unchanged from the 0.29% expansion observed in March. Owing to the deceleration observed in April, the trend deteriorated somewhat, with annual average growth in economic activity falling from 3.9% in March to 3.6% in April. Meanwhile, the Central Bank expects the economy to grow between 2.9% and 3.3% this year and between 3.5% and 3.9% in 2013.

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