Consumption Up in Panama

During the first quarter of 2013, public sector consumption increased by 7.6%, while the private sector reported a 9.7% rise.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In the public sector, growth represented a total of $1,558 million in expenses. In the private sector, the increase in consumption was due to the collection of taxes on transfer of property and services.

According to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the rise in private consumption is due to increasing payrolls, as evidenced by a 17.4% increase in revenues from the payroll tax.

"Consumption through debt also saw an increase, since the balance of the aggregate credit cards saw an increase of 20.6%. Car loans saw a 17.1% increase, while personal loans increased by 9.6% relative to the previous quarter," reported

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In April 2016 the balance of the credit card debt was $1.688 billion, 15% more than in the same period in 2015.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry:

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Auto Credit Up 17%

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Analysis has been conducted on the composition of the loan portfolio to buy vehicles, one of the fastest growing sectors in recent years.

In the past five years, auto financing in Panama has been increasing, in February Panamanian banks provided loans of this type worth $813 million.

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