Peru: Business confidence falls for third consecutive month
August 10, 2012
In July, the Central Bank business confidence indicator (Indice de Confianza Empresarial) inched down to 56 points from 57 points in June, as less firms responding to the survey were optimistic about their future economic prospects for the next three months. The July reading represents the lowest confidence level since December 2011. That said, despite the fall, the index remains above the 50-point threshold that separates optimism from pessimism. According to the Bank, the monthly drop showed firms' less positive assessment about sales expectations for the next three months, while the sub-indicator regarding investment prospects for the next six months remained stable. Moreover, the July survey showed that firms expect to offer fewer jobs in the next three months.
Author: Ricardo Aceves, Senior Economist