Chile Economic Activity April 2017


Chile: Economic activity edges up in April

June 5, 2017

Economic activity ticked up 0.1% in April on an annual basis, according to the Monthly Indicator for Economic Activity (IMACEC) published by Chile’s Central Bank. This followed the revised 0.3% rise recorded in March (previously reported: +0.2% yoy) and matched analysts’ expectations. It should however be noted that April 2017 contained three less working days than the same month of the prior year, which depressed the final figure.

The strike at the Escondida copper mine, the world’s largest, has bitten a significant chunk out of economic activity in recent months. Although strike action ended in March, it has taken longer than expected to ramp up production again, with a consequent impact on the economy at the start of Q2; the mining IMACEC fell in April. The manufacturing sector also declined, while the service sector rose compared to the same month of the previous year.

On a monthly basis, economic activity in April rose 0.9% in seasonally adjusted terms, an improvement from March’s 0.3% drop. The overall trend in April pointed downwards, with annual average growth in economic activity dipping from 1.0% in March to 0.9% in April.

The Central Bank sees GDP expanding between 1.0% and 1.75% in 2017 and between 2.5% and 3.5% in 2018. Panelists participating in the LatinFocus Consensus Forecast see the economy growing 1.7% in 2017 and 2.6% in 2018.

Author:, Economist

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Chile Economic Activity April 2017 0

Note: Year-on-year changes and annual average growth rate in %.
Source: Chile Central Bank (BCC) and FocusEconomics calculations.

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