Guatemala Remittances July 2016


Remittances fall sharply in July

In July, remittances from workers abroad fell 6.6% over the same month last year, dropping to USD 536 million. July’s figure, which contrasted June’s 14.6% increase, marked the steepest contraction since July 2011.

In the 12 months up to July, remittances amounted to an all-time high of USD 6.8 billion, unchanged from June’s figure. July’s cumulative reading represented a 15.4% increase over the same period of last year but was down from June’s 17.3% increase.

Remittances account for nearly 10% of the country’s GDP and are an important source of income for Guatemalan households. Given their significance to the economy, remittances are one of the key drivers of private consumption in the country.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants see total consumption expanding 3.6% in 2016, which is unchanged from last month’s estimate. For 2017, also panelists expect total consumption to increase 3.4%.

Author:, Economist

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Guatemala Remittances July 2016 0

Note: Monthly remittances in USD million and 12-month sum of remittances in USD billion.
Source: Guatemala Central Bank and FocusEconomics calculations.

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