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Economy Grew 1.6% in 2015 First Half

Finance and Economic Development Minister Hon. Marco Archer

The Cayman Islandsí economy grew by an estimated 1.6% in the first six months of 2015, as the first quarter growth of 1.4% further strengthened to 1.7% in the second quarter.

"However, the first six months performance is lower than the 2.2% growth for the same period a year ago, due mainly to a slow-down in the growth for hotels and restaurants arising from a moderation in the growth rate of stay-over and cruise arrivals during the period. The wholesale and retail trade and transportation, communication and storage sectors also indicated lower activity.

While unplanned, the moderation in growth so far in 2015 is not totally unexpected," the Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Marco Archer stated. "This is consistent with the International Monetary Fundís downscaling of global and US growth for 2015, which impacted key local sectors such as hotels and restaurants."

Nonetheless, improved economic performance was indicated in the following sectors: real estate, renting and business services; construction; other services, financing and insurance services; and agriculture and fishing, mining, quarrying and manufacturing. I am, however, pleased to note that the fiscal performance continued to improve," Mr. Archer added. "The central governmentís overall fiscal surplus at $115.1 million is 14.8 percent higher than a year earlier while the central governmentís outstanding debt amounting to $520.3 million is 4.9 percent lower from the same period a year ago."

For more information on the The Cayman Islandsí Semi-Annual Economic Report 2015, as well as reports CI's International Investment Position, 3rd Quarter CI Consumer Price Index, 3rd quarter Trade Statistics and System of National Accounts, please visit