Guatemala Remittances August 2016


Guatemala: Remittances climb in August

September 7, 2016

In August, remittances from workers abroad increased 17.4% over the same month last year, reaching USD 619 million and contrasting July’s 6.6% contraction.

In the 12 months up to August, remittances amounted to an all-time high of USD 6.9 billion, up from July’s USD 6.8 billion. August’s cumulative reading represented a 15.9% increase over the same period of last year and was up from July’s 15.4% increase.

Remittances account for nearly 10% of the country’s GDP and are an important source of income for Guatemalan households. Given their significance for 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, panelists expect total consumption to increase 3.5%.

Author:, Economist

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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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