Draft budget sees growth picking up in 2024, strong revenues driving primary surplus to 2.1 pct of GDP
Unemployment rate remains lodged near 11 pct after no change in Aug
Weak demand and adverse weather reflected in Sep PMI, barely in expansion territory
Monthly rise of 3 pct for producer price index in Aug prompts cost concerns
Retail sales grow by 3.1 pct in Jul, as food sales continue to contract
Consumer confidence takes 10-point dive in September
Budget primary surplus of 1.1 billion slightly outperforms target by 77 million in Q1
The budget primary surplus was confirmed at 1.07 billion in the first quarter (Q1) down by 42.6 percent from last year’s figure of 1.86 billion, according to the Finance Ministry (MoF) final budget execution bulletin.
As we noted in the preliminary figure published on April 18, the year to date outperformance was materially slashed from 1.27 billion in the 2-month period to only 77 million in Q1 mostly due to privatisation revenues of 1.23 billion from the concession...
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