Panamanian Economic Activity Increases 5%

In the first eight months, economic activity increased by 5.23% over the same period in 2009.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sectors showing best performance were: transportation, storage and communications, commerce, education, mining, hotels and restaurants, social and personal community services, electricity and water, construction and agriculture.

Transportation and communications operations all together, received the dynamism of telecommunications, cargo movement from the National Port System with containers movement, TEU's and air transport. By contrast, rates were negative in transit of ships and net tonnage displaced by deep-water ships, which transited the Panama Canal.

Business recorded positive rates in retail and wholesale, including the Colon Free Zone.
Construction and mining showed growth, explained by public and private investments, other civil engineering jobs, and a greater extraction of metal ores and other minerals.
Hotels and restaurants activity continued to show positive changes, given the increased influx of tourists and hikers who stayed overnight and spent money in hotels and restaurants, primarily in Panama City.
In amusement and recreation activities higher revenue was reported from wagering on gaming rooms, primarily slot machine types, as well as the National Lottery.
In electricity and water growth was observed, supported by increased thermal power generation, consumption of electricity and water, however, a decrease in hydropower generation was noted.
The agricultural sector showed positive change due to further increase in production in some farming activities such as ñame, Otoe, milk production and cattle and poultry breeding, as well as pineapple and bananas crops mainly for export. However, pig breeding decreased and production of nontraditional fruits such as melon and watermelon also suffered.
Manufacturing posted increases in some activities, such as food processing, metal manufacture, printing and publishing and production of chemicals.

By contrast, production of non-metallic products, plastics, paper and textiles showed a slow down.

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