Slower growth and fiscal misalignment mark 2017

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Report 10 Jan 2018 by Pavel Isa and Fabricio Gomez

Deceleration of economic activity was the main feature of economic performance in 2017. Despite a robust rebound in November, and possibly in December, hopes that real GDP growth would end at 5% faded. Cumulative growth between January and November was 4.2%, and the expected rate for the year ranges between 4.5% and 4.7%. The economic cycle, declining terms of trade, the effects of two hurricanes and fiscal constraints are the main reasons for this performance. In November inflation reached 0.76%, the highest rate of the year. Accumulated inflation from January through November was 3.20...

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