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  • Indonesian Economy: Solid Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Growth in 2018

    Indonesian Economy: Solid Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Growth in 2018

    In line with our forecast, Indonesia’s economic growth continued to accelerate in 2018. Based on data from Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik, or BPS), which were released in early February 2019, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 5.17 percent year-on-year (y/y) in full-year 2018, up from a growth rate of 5.07 percent in the preceding year.

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  • Strong Growth of Retail Sales in Indonesia in December 2018

    Strong Growth of Retail Sales in Indonesia in December 2018

    A survey of Indonesia's central bank (Bank Indonesia) shows that retail sales have grown strongly in December 2018. The growth pace was recorded at 7.7 percent year-on-year (y/y) in the last month of 2018, strengthening from an annual growth rate of 3.4 percent (y/y) in the preceding month.

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  • CEOs Enter 2019 with Positive Perceptions of the National Economy and Politics

    CEOs Enter 2019 with Positive Perceptions of the National Economy and Politics

    Every quarter we are very eager to learn the latest update of the Kontan CEO Confidence Index (KCCI). The KCCI is an index compiled by Kontan, an Indonesian newspaper and magazine that focuses on business and investment (and is part of the Kompas Gramedia Group). Each quarter, 30 chief executive officers (CEOs) of big Indonesian companies – covering a range of sectors - are surveyed. Their feedback is important because these CEOs are decision-makers in influential companies.

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  • Indonesian Economy: GDP Grows 5.06% in Q1-2018, in Line with Estimate

    Indonesian Economy: GDP Grows 5.06% in Q1-2018, in Line with Estimate

    Indonesia's Statistics Agency (BPS) announced that gross domestic product (GDP) of Indonesia expanded 5.06 percent year-on-year (y/y) in the first quarter of 2018. This figure is in line with our expectations. Over the past two years it had already become clear that the acceleration of economic growth in Indonesia goes at a very slow pace, a trend that can primarily be attributed to subdued household consumption.

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  • Unilever Indonesia Reports Declining Sales and Profit in Q1-2018

    Unilever Indonesia Reports Declining Sales and Profit in Q1-2018

    One of Indonesia's biggest companies in terms of market capitalization on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, Unilever Indonesia, reported a decline in net profit and sales in the first quarter of 2018. The company's latest corporate earnings report gives rise to concerns that household consumption is yet to show a rebound in Indonesia.

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  • Food & Beverage Industry of Indonesia Expects Good Sales During Islamic Festivities

    Food & Beverage Industry of Indonesia Expects Good Sales During Islamic Festivities

    Stakeholders in Indonesia's food and beverage industry expect to see a 15 percent increase in sales during the Ramadan month and Idul Fitri celebrations (compared to normal conditions). Although the Ramadan is Muslims' fasting month, it is also a period when household consumption tends to rise sharply in Indonesia, specifically spending on food and drinks as well as clothes, bags and shoes grows significantly.

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  • Unilever Indonesia's Net Profit Grew 9.6% in Full Year 2017

    Unilever Indonesia's Net Profit Grew 9.6% in Full Year 2017

    Unilever Indonesia, one of Indonesia's biggest consumer goods companies, recorded IDR 7 trillion (approx. USD $515 million) in net profit over full-year 2017, up 9.6 percent year-on-year (y/y) from net profit in the preceding year. These figures are unaudited. The audited FY-2017 corporate earnings are expected to be released toward the end of February 2018.

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  • Indef Sees Room for Household Consumption Growth in Q1-2018

    Indef Sees Room for Household Consumption Growth in Q1-2018

    The emergence of a money flow in the context of the government's Family Hope Program (in Indonesian: Program Keluarga Harapan, or PKH), a cash transfer program for the nation's poorest households, is hoped to boost household consumption in Indonesia in 2018. In February 2018 the first phase of this year's PKH program will be conducted.

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  • How Indonesian Elections Lead to Rising Consumption & GDP Growth

    How Indonesian Elections Lead to Rising Consumption & GDP Growth

    Bambang Brodjonegoro, Indonesia's Minister of National Development Planning, said there occurred a 20 percent increase in non-government consumption ahead of Indonesia's presidential election in 2014. Considering 2018 and 2019 are political years (with regional elections in 2018 and legislative and presidential elections in 2019), we can expect to see a new boost for consumption in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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  • Indonesian Retailers Preparing for Christmas-New Year Season

    Indonesian Retailers Preparing for Christmas-New Year Season

    Approaching the end of the year, retail companies in Indonesia are now starting to prepare for the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations in late-December. Indonesia has two traditional peaks of rising consumer demand (hence rising inflationary pressures): (1) Ramadan/Idul Fitri festivities and (2) Christmas/New Year celebrations.

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  • Gross Domestic Product: Slow Process of Accelerating Economic Growth on Track

    Gross Domestic Product: Slow Process of Accelerating Economic Growth on Track

    In early November 2018 the Central Statistics Bureau (BPS) announced that Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth reached 5.17 percent year-on-year (y/y) in the third quarter of 2018. Although it means a slowdown from the 5.27 percent (y/y) growth pace in the preceding quarter, the Q3-2018 GDP growth rate actually slightly exceeded our expectations.

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  • Economy of Indonesia: GDP Growth at 5.27% in Q2-2018 Tops Estimates

    Economy of Indonesia: GDP Growth at 5.27% in Q2-2018 Tops Estimates

    Although overshadowed by the news of the devastating earthquake in Lombok, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) released the official Q2-2018 gross domestic product (GDP) growth figure of Indonesia earlier today. The economy of Indonesia expanded 5.27 percent year-on-year (y/y) in the second quarter of 2018. This growth pace exceeds our expectations although it is not enough to necessitate a revision to our full-year 2018 GDP growth forecast of 5.2 percent (y/y).

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  • Indonesia's Purchasing Power, Retail Sales & Consumption on the Rise

    Indonesia's Purchasing Power, Retail Sales & Consumption on the Rise

    There are signs that household consumption in Indonesia is rebounding ahead of this year's Idul Fitri holiday. This would be a great boost for Indonesia's overall economic growth as private consumption accounts for around 57 percent of the nation's total economic growth. One of the reasons why Indonesia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth has been stuck around the 5 percent (y/y) mark in recent years is subdued household consumption (which has fallen slightly below the 5 percent y/y mark).

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  • Economy of Indonesia: 5.07% GDP Growth in Full-Year 2017

    Economy of Indonesia: 5.07% GDP Growth in Full-Year 2017

    In full-year 2017 the Indonesian economy expanded 5.07 percent year-on-year (y/y). Indonesia's Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Monday morning (05/02) that the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) growth reached 5.19 percent (y/y) in the fourth quarter of 2017. These figures show a mixed picture.

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  • DBS Group Research: Household Consumption to Improve in 2018

    DBS Group Research: Household Consumption to Improve in 2018

    Household consumption in Indonesia is expected to improve in 2018. This assumption is based on a number of indicators that show a positive trend. For example, consumer confidence in Indonesia rose to 126.4 points in December 2017. The country's macroeconomic picture is also strengthening with accelerating economic growth, low inflation and a stable (or actually appreciating) rupiah rate.

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  • Government of Indonesia Sees No Weakening Purchasing Power

    Government of Indonesia Sees No Weakening Purchasing Power

    Within Indonesia it is still being debated whether consumers' purchasing power has really weakened in the third quarter. Some argue consumers are currently focused on saving their money rather than spending it (this explains rising third-party funds in Indonesia's banking system). Others argue that Indonesia's household consumption data are distorted because this year's Ramadan and Idul Fitri celebrations fell in the second quarter of the year (whereas in 2016 these celebrations fell in Q3).

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  • Bank Indonesia Revises Down 2016 Economic Growth Projection

    Bank Indonesia Revises Down 2016 Economic Growth Projection

    The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) revised down its projection for Indonesia's economic growth in 2016 to the range of 5.0 - 5.4 percent (y/y), slightly below its previous forecast in the range of 5.2 - 5.6 percent (y/y). Bank Indonesia Governor Agus Martowardojo said the central bank decided to trim its projection for gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year due to sluggish global economic growth, low commodity prices, and Indonesia's slightly disappointing Q1-2016 GDP growth figure at 4.92 percent (y/y).

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  • Profit Growth Kino Indonesia Expected to Remain Strong in 2016

    Profit Growth Kino Indonesia Expected to Remain Strong in 2016

    Cosmetics and household goods producer Kino Indonesia, which conducted an initial public offering (IPO) on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in late-2015, is expected to post good net profit growth in 2016. Last year the company's net profit surged a whopping 153 percent (y/y) to IDR 263 billion (approx. USD $20 million) due to higher selling prices and lower production costs. In 2016 Kino Indonesia's net profit is expected to grow 44 percent (y/y) to IDR 378 billion. Therefore Indopremier Securities advises investors to buy Kino Indonesia's shares.

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  • Indonesia's BI Rate Cut Not Enough to Boost Household Consumption?

    Indonesia's BI Rate Cut Not Enough to Boost Household Consumption

    The decision of Indonesia's central bank (Bank Indonesia), last week, to cut its key interest rate (BI rate) by 0.25 percent to 7.00 percent and to cut the reserve-requirement ratio for commercial banks' rupiah deposits by 1 percent to 6.5 percent is a decision that should boost household consumption in Indonesia in 2016, improve people's purchasing power, give rise to a stronger automotive and property sector, and boost liquidity at local banks (hence providing room for an acceleration of credit growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy).

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