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Philippines: Remittance growth slows in November

Staff Writer |
In November, cash remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) reached $2.3 billion, a 2.0% increase from the same month last year.

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The reading came in below October’s seven-month high 8.4% annual increase.

The overall trend strengthened slightly, as cash remittances in the 12 months up to November totaled $27.9 billion, slightly up from $27.8 billion in the 12 months up to October.

November’s 12-month total was 4.0% higher than the corresponding period last year, down from October’s 5.2% 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 U.S. and Germany.

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%.

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