Fiscal Balance in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka - Fiscal Balance

The economy accelerated in the third quarter thanks to stronger domestic demand. Fixed investment significantly rebounded and private consumption growth hit a two-year high—likely tied to the Central Bank’s 100-basis point rate cut over the January–August period. However, government consumption growth tapered, while exports contracted. In the fourth quarter, the economy was likely more or less stable: The decline in tourist arrivals continued to soften through to December, while the services PMI increased notably over the same period. That said, worker remittances remained depressed in October–November and industrial production eased during the same time frame relative to Q3. Meanwhile, on the political front, the government approved a comprehensive tax package in November. Although it should stoke domestic demand this year, S&P and Fitch credit ratings agencies consequently lowered their outlooks from stable to negative.

Sri Lanka - Fiscal Balance Data

2014   2015   2016   2017   2018  
Fiscal Balance (% of GDP)-6.2  -7.6  -5.3  -5.5  -5.3  

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Sri Lanka Fiscal Balance Chart

Sri Lanka Fiscal
Note: Fiscal balance as % of GDP
Source: IMF

Sri Lanka Facts

Value Change Date
Exchange Rate181.20.02 %Jan 01

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