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Business Sentiment – Confidence Hits a 51 Month High

The trade deficit contracted in October on the back of lower expenditure on imports and a marginal drop in export earnings. According to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, a decline in cumulative expenditure on imports and an increase in export inflows resulted in the deficit contracting to US$ 6.5 billion in the first 10 months of 2019 – compared to 8.9 billion dollars during the corresponding period in the previous year.

Additionally, the Central Bank reports that “the drop in tourist arrivals was contained further in October” with tourism earnings amounting to US$ 2.8 billion in the first 10 months of last year – a 20.7 percent decline year on year compared to the same period in 2018. Workers’ remittances also rose to 607 million dollars although cumulatively, this represents a decline.

Foreign activity in the stock market recorded a net outflow of US$ 10 million in October, which is an improvement from the 36 million dollar outflow witnessed in the prior year.

Meanwhile, the country’s gross official reserves stood at 7.8 billion dollars, which accounts for almost five months of imports.