Malta Economic Outlook
January 29, 2019The economy likely remained on a solid footing in the fourth quarter of 2018. This followed an outstanding performance in the third quarter, with soaring consumer spending fueled by an extremely tight labor market and surging inflows of tourists. The growth drivers in Q4 also likely remained unchanged: In October-November, tourists continued to pour into the Mediterranean island in greater numbers than in the same months of 2017, although the pace of increase moderated from Q3, while labor market conditions remained extremely tight. Following an Article IV mission, in mid-January the IMF applauded the government’s responsible fiscal policy and successful labor strategy, although it also warned against existing infrastructure gaps and emerging labor shortages.
Malta Economic GrowthThis year growth will likely moderate but remain strong nonetheless. Rising tourist inflows and wage hikes are expected to underpin consumer spending, while fixed investment growth should strengthen. Tightening global financing conditions and a hard Brexit remain the main downside risks. Met the why particular panelists see growth at 4.8% in 2019, unchanged from last month’s forecast, and at 3.9% in 2020.
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|Bond Yield||1.16||3.09 %||Jan 30|
|Exchange Rate||1.14||0.65 %||Jan 30|
|Stock Market||4,434||0.36 %||Jan 30|
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