Guatemala: More Consumption and Less Investment

In the first quarter of the year consumption was up 4.7% and investment fell 11.6% relative to the same period of 2009.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The data form part of analysis conducted by the Guatemalan central bank, Banguat, on the economy's performance.

Economists consulted indicate their concern about the subject. Manuel Pérez Lara, ex member of the Monetary Committee comments that, "this is very dangerous because it is investment that drives improvements in the quality of life, productivity and development, not consumption," reports

The 4.7% increase in consumption is the highest since the third quarter of 2008 when it registered a rise of 5.9%.

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Loans for Durable Goods Up 30.7% in Guatemala

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Banks loaned $248.1 million in the first quarter of 2010, 30.7% more than in the same period 2009, when they loaned $190 million.

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Positive Signals for Consumption of Goods and Services in Guatemala

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In January, sales of goods and services increased 2.4% and 8.8% respectively when compared to the same period of 2009.

César Estrada, from the Commerce and Service Chamber explained they have noticed a slight improvement, especially in school supplies and home appliances.

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