Philippines Remittances August 2020


Philippines: Remittances decline year-on-year in August

October 14, 2020

Remittances summed USD 2.5 billion in August (July: USD 2.8 billion), representing a 4.1% year-on-year decrease. This follows July's 7.8% year-on-year increase. On a 12-month rolling basis in August, remittances tallied USD 29.6 billion, below the USD 29.7 billion registered in July. August’s 12-month rolling sum marked a 0.3% decline from a year earlier (July: +0.5% year-on-year). Remittances, which accounted for roughly 9% of GDP in 2019, are an important source of income for many Filipino families and a key driver of private consumption.

Private consumption is seen contracting 5.7% this year, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. Next year, household spending is seen recovering and growing 6.2%, which is up 0.3 percentage points from last month’s projection.


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Philippines Remittances August 20 20

Note: Monthly OFW remittances in USD billion and annual variation in %.
Source: Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP).

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