May 26, 2018, 4:05 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06987 UAE Dirham
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1 Philippine Peso = 171.23835 Guinea Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.93875 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14924 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45305 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11993 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23264 Haiti Gourde
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1 Philippine Peso = 268.49914 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06761 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28921 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.52235 Iraqi Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.38368 Jamaican Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 17.12003 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.46376 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.24805 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.59102 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23569 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 25.77516 Myanmar Kyat
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.73388 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65627 Mauritius Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.37196 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07566 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23683 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.82899 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59717 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15404 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06962 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02745 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00732 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01902 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0621 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06201 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19897 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06975 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 108.10348 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06924 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0751 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.17631 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.13468 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07134 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15092 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25547 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34155 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16566 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02546 Singapore Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.42241 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.32471 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.69051 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 397.78391 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16644 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.79608 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23678 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60662 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0483 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04363 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08961 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1286 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56886 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.27563 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49705 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.0291 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01902 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5933 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 151.83565 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1494.25528 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 433.30797 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03595 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04914 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.63667 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05136 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.63667 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.926 Pacific Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.23681 South African Rand
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.88415 Zimbabwe dollar

Business confidence outlook rises

Business outlook on the economy turned more upbeat for Q4 2017, with the overall confidence index (CI) rising to 43.3 percent from 37.9 percent for Q3 2017, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said.

This means that the number of optimists increased and continued to be greater than the number of pessimists during the quarter. 

This quarter’s confidence level is also higher compared to its year-ago level. 

Respondents cited the following factors behind their more buoyant outlook during the fourth quarter: (a) expected increase  in orders and consumer purchases during the Christmas holidays, (b) increasing number and expansion of businesses, (c) higher disbursements for the government’s infrastructure and other development projects, (d) favorable macroeconomic conditions in the country, particularly manageable inflation and low interest rates, and (e) expansion of export markets and stronger demand for Philippine products.

BSP said the sentiment of businesses in the Philippines mirrored the more bullish business outlook in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Indonesia, but was in contrast to the less favorable views of those in the US, UK, Hong Kong, South Korea, New Zealand and Thailand, and steady outlook in France.

For the quarter ahead (Q1 2018), business outlook turned less optimistic, with the next quarter CI declining to 39.7 percent from 51.3 percent in the previous quarter’s survey results. Respondents attributed their less positive outlook mainly to the usual slowdown of demand after the holiday season. 

Other reasons cited by firms were lag in business transactions at the beginning of the year (e.g., delay in renewal of contracts and drydock season for the shipping industry), stiffer business competition, concerns on the effect of the new excise tax rates to the automobile industry, and higher inflation.

The sentiment of businesses across trading types was mixed for Q4 2017. 

Among business types, exporters were the most bullish, maintaining a record-high confidence level for the second consecutive quarter (at 50 percent). Likewise, domestic-oriented firms as well as importers were more optimistic. 

However, the outlook of  dual-activity firms was less upbeat. For the quarter ahead (Q1 2018), the sentiment across different types of businesses was less optimistic.

Business sentiment across sectors was also mixed for Q4 2017. 

Business confidence was highest in the services sector, followed by wholesale and retail trade while those in the industry and construction sectors were less favorable. 

Firms’ sentiment across sectors was less optimistic for Q1 2018 due largely to the usual slack in demand after the holiday season, except that for the construction sector which turned bullish.

Sentiment was high across the services sub-sectors, with hotels and restaurants posting the highest confidence index, reaching a two-year record-high at 73 percent. 

The positive sentiment of the wholesale and retail trade firms was driven by expectations of generally more robust demand during Christmas and main harvest seasons. 

Meanwhile, in the industry sector, the pessimism of firms in the manufacturing and mining and quarrying   sub-sectors outweighed the more optimistic outlook of firms in the agriculture, fishery and forestry, and electricity, gas and water supply sub-sectors. 

Likewise, construction firms’ outlook for the current quarter was less favorable as firms take their cue from the government’s rollout of infrastructure projects.

The outlook of firms about their own business operations improved for Q4 2017 compared to that a quarter ago. 

The sectoral outlook of firms on the volume of business activity and total orders booked was consistent with those at the national level—more bullish for the services and wholesale and retail trade sectors but less upbeat for industry and construction.  

The employment outlook index for the next quarter declined to 24.7 percent from 27.3 percent in the last quarter’s survey.  

This indicates that more firms will continue to hire new employees than those that indicated otherwise even as the number of firms with hiring intentions declined relative to a quarter ago.

The percentage of businesses with expansion plans in the industry sector for Q1 2018 decreased to 31.1 percent from 32.8 percent in the previous quarter. 

Meanwhile, the average capacity utilization (in the industry and construction sectors) for Q4 2017 was slightly lower at 76 percent (from 76.7 percent in Q3 2017).

The financial conditions index remained in negative territory at -0.9 percent for Q4 2017 from -1 percent in the previous quarter. 

This means that firms that expected tighter financial conditions continued to outnumber those that said otherwise. 

However, firms were of the view that their financing requirements could be met through available credit as respondents reported easy access to credit.

The survey results showed that businesses anticipated inflation to increase but to remain within target, peso to depreciate, and interest rates to go up for the current and next quarters. 

Respondents who expected inflation to go up continued to outnumber those that held the opposite view for the current and next quarters. 

The number of respondents with views of higher inflation increased for Q4 2017 but declined for Q1 2018 relative to the previous quarter’s survey results. 

Businesses anticipated the rate of increase in commodity prices to stay within the government’s 2 to 4 percent inflation target range for 2017 and 2018, at 3.1 percent for Q4 2017 and   3.2 percent for Q1 2018.

Respondents also anticipated the peso to depreciate for Q4 2017 and Q1 2018. Meanwhile, the percentage of respondents that expected higher interest rates increased compared to those in the previous quarter’s survey.

The Q4 2017 BES was conducted during the period 2 October - 20 November 2017. 

There were 1,473 firms surveyed nationwide. The survey response rate for this quarter was higher at 84.0 percent from 83.6 percent in the previous quarter. 
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