Philippine GDP Growth Exceeds 6% for a Ninth Consecutive Quarter

The Philippine economy grew more than 6 percent for a ninth consecutive quarter, cementing its position as one of the fastest-expanding in the world.

Big Picture

The Philippines is emerging as one of this decade’s economic stars with the World Bank predicting growth of more than 6 percent until 2019, underpinned by an ambitious infrastructure building program and a young and growing population. President Rodrigo Duterte has secured loans from China and Japan to help finance $180 billion of spending on projects such as the capital’s first subway and a network of railways and highways across the archipelago.

More than $50 billion of remittances and outsourcing revenue a year is helping support consumer spending, and luring retailers such as home furnishing giant Ikea. The central bank has so far kept interest rates at a record low, bolstering spending, but may be persuaded to tighten policy next year as currency weakness adds to pressure on inflation. The peso has dropped to an 11-year low this year and is the worst performing unit in Asia.

Other Details

  • Consumer spending, which makes up about 70 percent of GDP, gained 4.5 percent from a year earlier
  • Government spending rose 8.3 percent
  • Capital formation investment increased 6.6 percent
    Key Points
    • Gross domestic product increased 6.9 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the Philippine Statistics Authority said in Manila Thursday, after expanding a revised 6.7 percent in the previous three months
    • The median estimate of 17 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for growth of 6.6 percent

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