Country Report Laos June 2009

Economic structure: Quarterly indicators

 2006 2007   2008 
 3 Qtr4 Qtr1 Qtr2 Qtr3 Qtr4 Qtr1 Qtr2 Qtr
Consumer prices (2000=100)177.6176.3177.3180.0184.3186.5189.3197.6
Consumer prices (% change, year on year)
Financial indicators
Exchange rate K:US$ (av)10,1169,8889,6899,6179,5899,5189,0628,731
Exchange rate K:US$ (end-period)10,0739,7459,6439,6019,6239,3468,7468,711
Bank rate (end-period; %)20.0020.0014.6712.0012.0012.008.008.00
Deposit rate (av; %)
Lending rate (av; %)30.0030.0030.0030.0030.0024.0024.0024.00
Treasury bill rate (av;%)17.8919.5619.3118.4218.9018.7218.72n/a
M1 (end-period; K bn)1,501.51,998.32,244.22,258.32,542.23,064.73,214.3n/a
M1 (% change, year on year)26.328.234.735.269.353.443.2n/a
M2 (end-period; K bn)6,100.77,046.17,960.08,143.68,866.99,774.211,180.2n/a
M2 (% change, year on year)17.326.737.237.945.338.737.3n/a
Sectoral trends
Rice production (annual totals; '000 tonnes)a(2,664   )( 2,870)n/an/a
Foreign trade (US$ m)
Exports fob204.9247.1257.0184.2242.4237.9258.2251.7
Imports cif-259.4-287.9-263.3-264.9-278.1-260.6-261.1-359.9
Trade balance-54.5-40.8-6.3-80.7-35.7-22.7-2.9-108.2
Foreign reserves (US$ m)
Reserves excl gold (end-period)287.9328.4389.4456.8485.0532.6685.1n/a
a The figure for 2007 is an estimate.
Sources: UN Food and Agriculture Organisation; IMF, International Financial Statistics.

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