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Macroeconomic outlook report: Chile

Third quarter of 2017

During the third quarter of 2017, Chile’s GDP recorded an acceleration of 1.13 p.p. in its year-over-year growth rate in comparison with the previous quarter, which amounts to 2.17%. The domestic demand’s year-over-year growth rate dropped to 2.49%. With regards to the labor market, employment’s year-over-year growth rate increased when compared to the second quarter up to 2.26%, while the unemployment rate went down to 6.73%. The Chilean peso appreciated against the dollar, registering an exchange rate of 642.65 $CLP/USD. Finally, the inflation stood at 1.67%.

Macroeconomic overview

  • During the third quarter of the year, the Chilean economy registered an acceleration in the year-over-year growth rate of GDP of 1.13 p.p. when compared to the previous quarter, up to a rate of 2.17%. This growth was mainly driven by the performance of the external demand as well as by the increase in the gross fixed capital formation.
  • Furthermore, the year-over-year growth rate of the domestic demand experienced a decrease of 1.32 p.p. with respect to the second quarter, registering a growth rate of 2.49% due to the deceleration of the public consumption.
  • As for the labor market, the year-over-year growth rate of employment increased to 2.26% as compared to the second quarter, whereas the unemployment rate went down by 0.17 p.p., standing at 6.73%.
  • The Chilean peso appreciated against the dollar, registering an exchange rate of 642.65 $CLP/USD. This appreciation resulted from the loss of value of the American currency as well as from the increase in copper price and the better perspectives of the Chilean economy.
  • The inflation continued with the downward trend initiated in 2016 and it stood at 1.67% during the third quarter of 2017, which is 0.63 p.p. down the rate registered in the previous quarter.

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