Philippines Remittances October 2017

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Philippines: Remittances rebound in October

December 18, 2017

In October, cash remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) reached USD 2.3 billion, an 8.4% increase from the same month last year. The reading strongly contrasted September’s 8.3% drop and marked the highest year-on-year expansion in seven months.

The overall trend also strengthened, as cash remittances in the 12 months up to October totaled USD 27.8 billion, slightly up from USD 27.7 billion in the 12 months up to September. October’s 12-month total was 5.2% higher than the corresponding period last year, also up from September’s 4.2% year-on-year increase. Remittances, which accounted for approximately 9.8% of GDP in 2016, are an important source of income for many Filipino families and thus one of the main drivers of private consumption. The expansion registered in October was mainly due to higher remittances from the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect private consumption to grow 6.0% in 2018, which is unchanged from last month’s projection. For 2019, the panel expects private consumption to expand 5.9%.


Author: Massimo Bassetti, Economist

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Philippines Remittances October 2017

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


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