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The month of August saw an overall increase in both Cement Sales and Production with a total of 1,328.6 pounds sold and 789 pounds produced. These figures from Puerto Rico’s Economic Development Bank represent the highest of 2022, barring June of the same year. Compared to July 2022, Cement Sales saw a 19% increase (212.4 pounds); Production saw a 7% increase (50.2 pounds). When contrasting...
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In July 2022, Puerto Rico’s total energy consumption reached 1,514.5KWh. This shows a 1.68% increment when compared to July 2021’s total consumption. When compared to June 2022’s consumption, there is only a 1.28% increment in July 2022’s total consumption. Overall, Puerto Rico’s total energy consumption has seen significant changes. This despite its changes in prices, given that the continued growth in energy costs in the...
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Inflation for July 2022 increased by 7.15% when compared to prices in July 2021. The industries that mainly absorbed this year-over-year increase in their prices were Transportation (14.4%), Food and Beverages (9.1%), Other goods and services (4.5%), Housing (3.1%), Education and Communication (3.0%), Recreation (2.2%), Medical Care (1.6%), and Apparel (1.6%).   As for comparison in behavior with June 2022’s prices (month-over-month change), the index...
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A pesar del dinamismo que aun exhibe la economía hasta julio, según las lecturas más recientes del Índice de Actividad Económica (IAE), el panorama para los próximos meses parece incierto. El IAE exhibe los niveles mas altos alcanzados de noviembre del 2016, y el empleo se encuentra a niveles históricamente altos, con 911,000 personas empleadas, y una tasa de desempleo de 5.9%. Sin embargo, eventos...
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Total employment for Puerto Rico in July 2022 reached 1,090,000,000. This in comparison to July 2021’s total employment, shows an increment of 36,000 or 3.42%. However, when compared to June 2022’s total employment, which was at 1,108,000, a decrease of 18,000 or 1.63%. The current participation rate is at 42.2%. This has been gradually decreasing in the past few months. However, positively speaking, the current...
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Export in Puerto Rico totaled $6billion for the month of June 2022, which implies an increase of $1.1billion or 23% when compared to exports reported for June 2021. Imports also show an increase when compared to figures reported on the previous year, totaling $4.6billion for June 2022. This shows a $230million or a 5% increase compared to June 2021. However, when considering changes in exports...
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The Economic Activity Index (EAI) for the month of June stood at 124.3 in June, a 2.3% increase compared to the same month last year, according to data from the Economic Development Bank (BDE, for its Spanish acronym). However, the Index level in June is the lowest in seven months.When compared to the month of May, the IAE fell 0.6%, the second month-over-month drop in...
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US Retail Sales for July totaled $682.82 billion, a 10.3% increase compared to July 2021, but remain flat (0%) compared to June 2022 which totaled $682.56 billion. Excluding autos and auto parts, retail sales rose 0.4% in July. Lower gas prices likely freed up money for people to spend elsewhere. Gasoline sales slid 1.8%, reflecting the drop in pump prices. Consumer spending accounts for nearly...
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Una exportación que pudiera verse muy favorecida en 2024 es el cacao. Ghana, el segundo mayor productor de cacao del mundo recortó su meta de producción a solo 650,000-700,000 toneladas métricas, de una meta anterior de 850,000 TM para la cosecha 2023/2024. La producción de la cosecha anterior fue de 1,008,000 toneladas lo que implicaría una reducción de alrededor del 40%.Entre los factores que afectarán...
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A pesar de que el crecimiento del PIB creció solo 2.4% durante 2023, el crédito bancario de las otras Sociedades de Depósito (OSD) al sector privado hasta diciembre había crecido un 16.6% en moneda nacional y un 24.1% en moneda extranjera (una tasa consolidada de 17.9%). Esto contrasta con tasas de crecimiento menores del crédito en 2022: un 14.0% en moneda nacional y un 22.8%...
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The Puerto Rican economy has exhibited a series of fluctuations in recent months, capturing the interest of analysts, investors, and policymakers alike. Through the Economic Activity Index (EAI), a key indicator for evaluating the pulse of economic activity on the island, we have observed trends that suggest a period of notable economic dynamism, especially in the second half of 2023.A Look at the Last Six...
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Al observar la composición de los medios de pago en el sistema financiero dominicano observamos que hace diez años, en 2014, el 51.9% del valor de las operaciones se realizaban mediante transferencias electrónicas (principalmente débitos y créditos directos), un 43.9% se realizaba con cheques y solo un 4.2% con tarjetas de crédito (3.3%) y débito (0.7%) y gubernamentales (0.2%).Esta estructura se transformó radicalmente para 2023....
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Vuelven a dispararse los precios del contenedor de 40 pies, referente internacional para el precio logístico – esta vez por el resurgimiento de demanda, en sí una señal de buena salud de la economía mundial. El índice actual, se encuentra en 2,239, duplicando su tarifa fuera de pandemia y habiendo aumentado 27.28% solo en los días transcurridos del 2024. Actualmente, también se encuentra afectado por riesgos...
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