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Philippine Airlines Daily London to Manila

Since 19 September 2017 Philippine Airlines has operated a brand new Boeing 777-300ER daily on the London to Manila route.Philippine airlines PAL_777-300ER

With 42 seats in Business Class and 328 seats in Economy, this brings PAL’s capacity up to 370 from the current 253 on the A340.

With full lie-flat beds in Business, 11 inch personal TV screens in each Economy seat and in-flight Wi-Fi throughout both cabins, PAL’s passengers can now experience a whole new level of comfort flying from London to Manila and onwards to Asia, Australasia and Oceania.

London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Manila



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UK Economic Indicators November 2017

The latest UK economic indicators are presented here. UK Money

These are summary figures from the UK Government’s National Statistics Office Pocket databook: Economic indicators.

Further details can be found at the link at the bottom of this page.

% change on a year earlier unless otherwise stated


GDP (QoQ)                                                     17Q3         0.4
Service sector output (MoM)                  Aug         0.2
Industrial production (MoM)                  Aug         0.2
Manufacturing output (MoM)                Aug         0.4
GfK Consumer Confidence                      Sep        -9.0
Retail sales volumes (MoY)                      Sep          1.5
Goods exports (volumes) (MoM)         Aug          0.7
Goods imports (volumes) (MoM)         Aug          4.2
Current account balance, £bn           17Q2     -23.2
Business Investment (QoQ)               17Q2           0.5

Labour market & earnings

Unemployment, mn                          3m to Aug           1.4
Unemployment rate, %                  3m to Aug            4.3
Claimant count, mn                                         Sep            0.8
Claimant count, %                                            Sep            2.3
LFS total in employment, mn      3m to Aug         32.1
LFS employment rate, %                3m to Aug         75.1
Workforce jobs, mn                                    17Q2         34.9
Average earnings growth, %       3m to Aug            2.2

Inflation & prices

CPI (YoY)                                                              Sep          3.0
RPI (YoY)                                                              Sep           3.9
Producer output prices (nsa) (YoY)      Sep           3.3
Producer input prices (nsa) (YoY)          Sep           8.4
Halifax house prices (MoY)                        Sep          4.2
Nationwide house prices (MoY)             Sep           2.0

Public finances

Public sector current budget deficit, £bn           Sep        2.5
Public sector net borrowing, £bn                            Sep        5.9
Public sector net debt, % of GDP                             Sep     87.2

M4 deposits (ex.intermediate OFCs) (YoY)      Aug        4.4
Exchange rate index (2005=100)                      Latest      77.5
£/$                                                                                        Latest        1.3
£/€                                                                                        Latest        1.1
Bank Rate, %                                                                   Latest        0.3
Long-term interest rates, %                                         Sep        1.2

Link to more detailed economic indicator statistics can be found here



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Philippines Economic and Performance Indicators November 2017


PBBC membersas presented at

the recent Breakfast meeting

of the PBBC

in London

Gross Domestic Product

• The Philippine’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 6.9 percent in the third quarter of 2017. GDP grew by 6.5 percent in the second quarter of 2017 and 6.4 percent in the first half of the year.

• Manufacturing, Trade, and Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities were the main drivers of growth for the quarter.

• Among the major economic sectors, Industry recorded the fastest growth of 7.5 percent followed by Services with 7.1 percent growth. Meanwhile, Agriculture slowed down by 2.5 percent from 3.0 percent growth in the previous year.

• Net Primary Income from the Rest of the World (NPI) grew by 5.7 percent compared with the 4.1 percent growth recorded in the same quarter of the previous year. As a result, Gross National Income (GNI) posted a growth of 6.7 percent.

• With the country’s projected population reaching 104.9 million in the third quarter of 2017, per capita GDP grew by 5.4 percent. Meanwhile per capita GNI and per capita Household Final Consumption Expenditure grew by 5.2 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively.

Trade / Exports / Imports

• From January to June 2017 (First Semester), Philippines’ total external trade in goods was recorded at $75.586 billion, expanding by 15.3 percent from $65.579 billion in 2016.

• Total imports payments went up by 14.3 percent to $44.302 billion in 2017 from $38.746 billion in 2016, whereas, total export receipts grew by 16.6 percent to $31.284 billion in 2017 from $26.832 billion in 2016.

• This brought the country’s balance of trade in goods (BoT-G) at $13.017 billion deficit in January to June 2017, higher than the $11.914 billion deficit in same period of 2016.


• The year-on-year headline inflation at the national level further accelerated by 3.5 percent in October 2017. In the previous month, inflation was posted at 3.4 percent and in October 2016, 2.3 percent.

• The indices of the following commodity groups recorded higher annual increases during the month: Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (6.8%); Housing, Water, Electricity Gas and Other Fuels (4.0%); Communication (0.4%); Recreation and Culture (1.5%); and Restaurant and Miscellaneous Goods and Services (2.6%).


• As of July 2017, the unemployment rate inched up to 5.6 percent from 5.4 percent a year ago as more Filipinos joined the labour force.

• Estimates showed that 94.4 percent of the labour force population were employed in July, slightly down from 94.6 percent last year.

Budget (Revenues and Expenditure)

• From January to October, revenues rose by a tenth to P2.007 trillion from last year’s P1.821 trillion.

• Tax and non-tax revenues, meanwhile, grew 17 percent to P205.1 billion in October from a year ago’s P174.6 billion.

• The collections of the bureaus of Internal Revenue and of Customs, the country’s two biggest tax-collection agencies, increased 17 percent year-on-year to P142.5 billion and 29 percent to P42.9 billion, respectively.

• The national government widened its budget deficit that month by 830 percent to P21.8 billion from P2.3 billion a year ago. The national government continued to underspend during the first 10 months of the year, as expenditures of P2.241 trillion were 7-percent lower than the programmed disbursements of P2.403 trillion.

Foreign Direct Investment / Portfolio Investment

• Foreign direct investments (FDI) grew by 182.7 percent to US$674 million in June 2017 from US$238 million for the same month in 2016, reflecting investors’ continued bullish outlook on the Philippine economy.

• On a cumulative basis, FDI registered net inflows of US$3.6 billion in the first half of 2017. This was 14 percent lower than the US$4.2 billion net inflows posted in the same period last year on account of the 90.3 percent decline in net equity capital to US$141 million from US$1.4 billion a year ago.

• Equity capital infusions during the first semester were sourced mainly from the United States, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. These were invested mainly in real estate; financial and insurance; manufacturing; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; and wholesale and retail trade activities.

Foreign Exchange Reserves

• The country’s foreign exchange buffer improved to a three-month high of $81.51 billion in August, $447.9 million higher than the revised $81.06 billion recorded in July.

• The latest gross international reserves level was the highest since hitting $82.18 billion in May.

• The build-up in reserves was due mainly to inflows arising from the revaluation adjustments on the Central Bank’s gold holdings resulting from the increase in the price of gold in the international market.

• Data showed the BSP’s gold holdings went up 5.3 percent to $8.43 billion in August from $8 billion in July.


• During the first seven months of the year, personal remittances from Overseas Filipinos increased by 5.9 percent at $17.9 billion, compared to the same period last year.

• The sustained increase in OF remittances was supported by stable demand for skilled Filipino workers abroad.

• Preliminary data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed that in January to July 2017, the total number of deployed OF workers reached 1,222,003 which is about 58 percent of the total number of OF workers deployed for the year 2016 at 2,112,331.

• Cash remittances coming from the US, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Japan, United Kingdom, Qatar, Kuwait, Germany and Hong Kong comprised accounted for 80 percent of total cash remittances in the first seven months of the year.


• Consistent growth is observed by the Philippines’ inbound traffic with a total of 2,8 million visitors for the first five months of 2017. This volume registered double-digit increase of 14.43% from the 2,5 million count for the same period last year.

• The biggest volume was recorded in the month of January while the highest growth was registered in April. Another milestone was achieved by the industry as month to month arrivals has surpassed the 500,000 visitor volume for the first five months of the year.

• Arrivals from the UK have reached 82,000 within the said period. The UK still ranks as the 8th top visitor market for the Philippines.

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Agrilink 2017 Manila

Agrilink 2017 Manila will take place on

5th to 7th October 2017

at the World Trade Centre, Manila

AGRILINK /FOODLINK/AQUALINK has established itself as the biggest internationally recognized and most participated agribusiness exhibition in the Philippines. Now in its 24th year, we would like to invite you once again to this biggest event in the country – that will take place October 5-7, 2017 at the World Trade Centre Metro Manila, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, Philippines.agrilink

More than 500 indoor trades, retail booths, and outdoor booths will be available to showcase products, information, technologies, equipment, and services, plus live animals and plants.

24 seminar slots will be available for technical and product presentations. Special events such as cooking demonstration, product launching, raffle and fun games will be held daily.

There is also funding available through the Department for International Trade’s ‘Tradeshow Access Programme’, which can provide up to £2,500 to help companies attend. Please contact one of UKABC’s team at ASEAN Export Specialists for more information.


AgriLink is the agribusiness exhibition and seminars organized by the Foundation for Resource Linkage & Development, annually in October. From its first show in 1994, it is quickly bacame the Philippine’s largest annual international agribusiness event


FoodLink is the annual exhibition for food products; processing and packaging industries where leading international equipment suppliers showcase their knowledge and technology to the local food industry. Products on exhibition include packaging equipment, processing technologies, refrigeration equipment and various foodstuffs. There is great demand in the Philippines for imported food processing and packaging inputs and machinery. Since 2000, foodLink has provided a broad platform for international food and equipment suppliers to promote their products and services and to penetrate the lucrative Philippine food industry.


AquaLink is also annual exhibition for fisheries sector. The first Aqualink was the name given to the National Fisheries Convention and Exhibition in 2004. It focused on DA-BFAR’s four priority products – Milkfish, Tilapia, Shrimps, and Seaweeds.​ ​ Since then, Aqualink has continuously updated the industry on new products and technologies.

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