Honduran Economic Activity Falls 9% in 2020

At the end of last year, the Monthly Index of Economic Activity reported a -8.5% year-on-year variation, a drop that is explained by the negative effects generated by the outbreak of covid-19 and tropical storms Iota and Eta.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The national production of goods and services in terms of volume, showed a contraction in the accumulated variation rate of 8.5% (increase of 3.1% in 2019), mainly explained by the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on economic activity and demand, added to the impact of tropical storms Eta and Iota on agricultural crops, some industries and productive infrastructure, mainly in the northern part of the country, says an official report.

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"In the result of the overall Monthly Index of Economic Activity (IMAE) as of December 2020, all branches of economic activity, with the exception of Mail and Telecommunications, show a negative contribution, being Manufacturing Industry, Other Services -related to leisure and net taxes-, Commerce, Hotels and Restaurants and private Construction, the activities with the greatest impact", summarizes the document prepared by the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH).

The report adds that "... at the end of 2020 the Manufacturing Industry decreased 15.2% (increase of 1.9% in 2019), mainly attributed to the Manufacture of Textiles and Apparel (-29%) and Machinery and Equipment (-10.9%), in response to low external demand, linked to the decline in consumption of these goods in the U.S. economy and the suspension of work by maquiladora companies due to mobility restrictions (2.5 months in the first half of the year), coupled with the flooding caused by storms Eta and Iota that affected some plants located in the north of the country."

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