Country Economic Review 2018 - Saint Lucia
cover of 2018 Economic Review for Saint Lucia which features a image of the town Soufriere in Saint Lucia
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Economic activity in Saint Lucia decelerated to 0.6% in 2018 from 3.7% in 2017. This slowdown was mainly due to a significant downturn in the construction sector. Headline inflation increased, while Central Government (CG) operations resulted in improved fiscal balances; and public debt as a percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) was slightly lower. Commercial bank credit to the private sector contracted in 2018; and the spread between lending and deposit rates widened. The external current account was in surplus, while gross reserves as a percentage of imports contracted.

The economic outlook is positive. Growth is projected to rebound to 3.0%, and fiscal conditions should improve in 2019. However, risks to the outlook are tilted to the downside.