AEIR 2018

Growth came in at 7.3% in fiscal year 2017 (FY2017, ended 30 June 2017), exceeding expectations backed by a revival in exports, in addition to strong consumption as remittances recovered and strong investment spending. Inflation eased to 5.4%, but the current account logged a deficit at 0.5% of GDP. Growth is expected to accelerate to 7.9% in FY2018, the highest since 1974, before nudging down a bit to 7.5% in FY2019. Inflation will edge up to 5.8% and 6.3%, and the current account deficit is expected to widen to 3.6% and 3.5% in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Sustained high growth entails a continued expansion of industrial base and a diversified export basket, which in turn rests on filling large infrastructure deficits and implementing policy reform.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2018 Update, ADB.
Latest Month-Ago Year-Ago
Composite Stock Price Index 1 5.0 (Oct18)5.0 6.0
Broad Money Growth 2 8.8 (Sep18)8.8 9.0
Headline Inflation Rate 3 5.4 (Sep18)5.5 6.1
Industrial/ Manufacturing Production Growth Rate 3 3.7 (Jun18)14.2 2.2
Merchandise Export Growth 3 -13.7 (Aug18)-13.7 10.1
Exchange Rate Index 4 127.2 (Oct18)126.2 123.0
1 Monthly average, local index.
2 %.
3 y-o-y, %.
4 Monthly average, January 2006 = 100, $/local currency.
Source: Bloomberg LP; CEIC database; Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Bangladesh Bank.