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Montevideo, October 17th 2018 - 05:28 UTC

Tag: recession

  • Thursday, October 11th 2018 - 08:45 UTC

    Macri administration reverses latest cooking gas price increase following public outrage

    According to a decisive survey, some 75% of residents in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires considered gas prices “too high or non-payable”

    Argentina will pay for unforeseen increases in the cost of cooking gas following public outrage and opposition in Congress to stymie the plan which would have seen consumers paying increased gas prices in 24 installments from January 2019.

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  • Thursday, October 11th 2018 - 08:44 UTC

    Argentina attracting more tourists while less Argentines travelling overseas

    Winter resort Bariloche in Patagonia received the highest percentage of incoming tourists, given the launching of direct flights from Brazil

    The number of incoming tourists to Argentina is increasing month after month since the drastic devaluation of the local currency, while outgoing tourism has dropped significantly. According to the latest release from the country's stats office, Indec, 224.000 tourists arrived in Argentina during August, 7.4% more than a year ago, while residents travelling overseas dropped 11.9%, to 335.300.

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  • Saturday, October 6th 2018 - 09:06 UTC

    Brazilian auto industry production hit by Argentine recession

    Anfavea said auto exports will now drop 8.6% this year to a total of 700,000 units. The estimate represented a significant revision

    Brazilian automakers are facing the prospect of a sharp drop in exports this year as a crisis in neighboring Argentina hampers the prospects of car sales abroad, the national automakers’ association said on Friday.

  • Friday, October 5th 2018 - 09:03 UTC

    Industrial activity in Argentina down 5.6% in August and 0.8% in last 12 months

    The slump underlines the economic woes facing the Macri administration, which has witnessed a sharp currency devaluation and soaring inflation in recent months

    August data for industry was only a slightly better figure than the previous month – in July, a decline of minus 5.7% was witnessed. In June, the sharpest, most pronounced fall of the year was witnessed: 8.1%, year-on-year.

  • Friday, October 5th 2018 - 08:36 UTC

    Argentine Peso slips on Thursday on prospects of higher US interest rates

    The peso shed 1.85% to close at 38.4 per dollar after having gained 9.58% over the previous three days under a freshly-renegotiated IMF deal

    Argentina’s Peso fell on Thursday, pressured by the recession-hit country’s dismal inflation outlook and higher U.S. interest rates that have pushed capital away from riskier emerging markets and toward the greenback, local traders said. The peso shed 1.85% to close at 38.4 per dollar after having gained 9.58% over the previous three days under a freshly-renegotiated International Monetary Fund financing deal that calls for tougher fiscal and monetary policy measures.

  • Monday, October 1st 2018 - 08:56 UTC

    Beijing currency swap support for Argentina

    “A US$ 9 billion expansion of the ‘swap’ with China is practically closed,” Guido Sandleris was quoted saying in an interview with La Nacion published on Sunday

    Argentina has “nearly closed” a new currency swap deal with China that will add the equivalent of US$ 9 billion to the South American country’s reserves, the central bank said on Sunday. Argentina and China first agreed to a swap program in 2009 to boost the South American country’s dwindling reserves under former President Cristina Fernandez. Last year, the center-right government of President Mauricio Macri and China agreed to extend the program for three more years.

  • Friday, September 28th 2018 - 08:58 UTC

    Brazilian currency strengthens below 4 to the dollar: first time in five weeks

    The Real closed at 3.99 to the US dollar just two weeks after hitting a record low of almost 4.2 to the dollar -- it's lost around 17% since the start of the year

    The Brazilian currency dipped under four Real to the dollar for the first time in five weeks at close on Thursday as the markets reacted favorably to the emergence of two clear presidential election frontrunners. The Real closed at 3.99 to the US dollar just two weeks after hitting a record low of almost 4.2 to the dollar -- it's lost around 17% since the start of the year.

  • Thursday, September 13th 2018 - 10:39 UTC

    IMF team in Buenos Aires for talks on the standby loan package

    “An IMF team led by Mr. Roberto Cardarelli is currently in Buenos Aires to continue discussions” an IMF spokesman said in a statement

    Officials from the International Monetary Fund are in Argentina as part of talks to strengthen and accelerate a crisis loan package, the global lender said Wednesday. The IMF and Buenos Aires agreed in June on a three-year, US$50 billion rescue lending programme but Argentina has since asked for a more rapid disbursement.

  • Saturday, September 1st 2018 - 09:27 UTC

    S&P places Argentina credit ratings under review

    S&P cited the risk of worsening creditworthiness and exchange rate volatility as potential threats to the economic measures undertaken by Macri’s administration

    S&P said on Friday it may lower Argentina's long-term foreign currency rating from its current B+ grade, which is four notches below investment grade -- and on par with Turkey, Greece and Fiji. The ratings company cited the risk of worsening creditworthiness and exchange rate volatility as potential threats to the economic adjustment measures undertaken by Mauricio Macri’s administration.

  • Wednesday, August 29th 2018 - 08:33 UTC

    Brazilian currency down on presidential election forecast jitters

    The Brazilian real weakened 1.3%, by far the biggest decliner in the region and 19% so far this year.

    The Brazilian Real led losses in Latin America as lingering concerns over presidential elections overshadowed a largely positive environment for emerging market assets. The US dollar ended trading at 4.333 Reales.

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