Philippines Remittances


Philippines: Remittances in July grow at slowest pace in over six years

September 9, 2015

In July, cash remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) increased 0.5% over the same month last year, reaching USD 2.1 billion. The print came in notably below June’s 6.1% increase and marked the smallest expansion since January 2009. The overall trend stabilized as cash remittances totaled USD 25.0 billion in the 12 months up to July, matching June’s print, which had represented a record high. The increase marked a 5.2% expansion over the same period last year, which was down from June’s 5.7% rise.

Remittances, which accounted for approximately 8.5% of GDP in 2014, are an important source of income for many Filipino families and thus a key driver of private consumption. According to the Central Bank, cash remittances mainly came from the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect private consumption to grow 5.7% in 2015, which is unchanged from last month’s projection. For 2016, the panel expects private consumption to expand 5.5%.

Author: Teresa Kersting, Economist

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Philippines Remittances July 2015

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

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