Manufacturing declines by 6.3% in October 2017

 

By Rose de la Cruz

The Philippine Statistics Authority’s Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (MISSI) reported a decline in the Volume of Production Index (VoPI) for manufacturing by 6.5 percent in October 2017, down from the 9.9 percent growth recorded in the same month last year.

Value of Production Index (VaPI) likewise dropped by 6.3 percent, leading to a three-month moving average of VoPI and VaPI decline by 2.9 and 3.2 percent, respectively.

“Efficiency in delivering business-related government services or ease of doing business still needs to be improved. Ideally, business procedures across…

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Total trade post double-digit growth in October 2017

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the double- digit growth experienced in total trade in October 2017 would be sustained through continued exports growth, economic cooperation and trade facilitation initiatives.

NEDA-attached agency Philippine Statistics Authority reported that the country’s total trade grew by 10.4 percent year-on-year in October 2017, a pickup from September’s 4.6-percent growth.

Exports recorded its eleventh consecutive month of positive growth at 6.6 percent, while imports posted a double-digit growth of 13.1 percent.

“We are encouraged by the performance of Philippine trade in recent months,…

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November inflation eases to 3.3%

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Headline inflation, year on year, eased slightly to 3.3 percent in November, from 3.5 percent the previous month, in pace with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ forecast.

This brought the year to date average inflation to 3.2 percent which is within the government’s target.

Meanwhile, core inflation-which excludes certain volatile food and energy items to depict underlying price pressures-rose slightly to 3.3 percent in November compared to 3.2 percent in the previous month.

Month-on-month based on seasonal adjustments,   headline inflation was steady at 0.3 percent in November.…

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UBS named top global equity research firm for 2017

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Swiss-based UBS has been named the institutional investor’s top global equity research firm for 2017 based on a survey done among buy-side analysts and portfolio managers. In 2013 it was in the seventh spot.

 

The ranking stemmed from votes by clients about their preferred research analysts and teams in each region which collectively resulted in UBS holding 162 leading positions across the world, ahead of more than 270 other sell-side firms competing in the polls.

 

"We'd like to thank all of our clients who voted for us and provided honest feedback…

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DBM bags FOI award

 By Rose de la Cruz

 

The Department of Budget and Management was the sole agency that bagged the Freedom of Information annual award for its outstanding commitment in ensuring transparency in public service.

 

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, along with Undersecretary Lilia Guillermo, received the award for the agency during the recognition ceremony held at the Rizal Park Hotel last December 4.

 

Leading the awarding ceremony was Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Kristian Ablan of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO, Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Party List, who presented the awards to the recognized…

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