Guatemala: Slow Growth in Credit to the Private Sector

For this year, growth in banking credit to the private sector is projected at between 6% and 9%, but the year-on-year increase registered up to March was only 4%.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Figures from Banco de Guatemala show that during the year 2017 credit to the private sector grew at a monthly average of 5.17%, and the lowest increases were reported in November and December when the amount increased compared to the same months of 2016 by 4.9% and 3.8% respectively.

In relation to expectations of growth by the banking sector, the vice president of Banco G & T Continental, Federico Linares, explained to that " ... estimates, according to the behavior of the credit during the first quarter, are that this year there will be a growth rate of between five and seven percent. "

Regarding the behavior of credit, Linares added that " ... in the banking system there is sufficient liquidity both in national currency and in dollars, so this behavior is due more to the type of demand." 

See figures from the Banco de Guatemala. 

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