El Salvador: Optimism in the Construction Sector

The guild expects 2018 to close with a 7% growth in activity, and for 2019 is forecasted a higher rise, which would range between 8% and 10%.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Salvadoran Chamber of Construction (Casalco) expects the industry to perform well this year and in 2019, which is reflected in reported increases in cement consumption, issuance of loans to the sector, and other indicators.

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Elsalvador.com reviews that "... Casalco also counted the real estate developments for the 2017 and 2019 period, a work which reflected that there are more than 200 projects that are in different phases, between planning, processing, construction and completed.
The investment in the mentioned period totals 1,835.4 million dollars and includes housing, commerce, offices, integrated projects and lots, among others. The apartments for the middle and upper-class segment stands out among the projects on which the builders are investing the most.

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The article adds that "... There are other indicators also reflecting the good performance of the industry, such as the 26% increase in cement consumption compared to last year, and the generation of jobs, which up to August 2018 totaled 22,959, when that same month of the previous year were 22,615. In fact, the Salvadoran Banking Association (Abansa) confirmed last week that credits for industry (in general) increased by 38 % until October this year."

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