June 11, 2016

Pakistani car sales rise to 167,507 units

KARACHI: Sales of locally produced cars swelled to 167,507 units in July-May 2015-2016 as compared to 136,723 units in the same period of last fiscal year.

Low interest rate, improving law and order situation and overall improvement in country’s economic situation can be attributed to rising sales of cars, said Mohammad Tahir Saeed at Top Line Securities.

Toyota Corolla, with longest delivery time, continued to be the highest selling car with the sale of 53,410 units as compared to 46,680 units last year.

Combined sale of Honda Civic and City remained weak, far lower than Corolla, and stood at 23,800 as compared to 21,134 units, revealed figures released by Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (Pama).Read More »Pakistani car sales rise to 167,507 units

Remittances growth slows to 5.6pc

Overseas Pakistanis sent home remittances worth $17.841 billion during July-May 2015-16, reflecting a year-on-year growth of 5.6 per cent, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said on Friday.

Remittances stood at $16.898bn during the same period of the preceding fiscal year.

However, this year’s growth rate was much lower than the 17.9pc recorded in the 11-month period of 2014-15.

Remittances are expected to touch $19bn during the outgoing fiscal year, with the addition of another $1bn this month.

The country’s dependence on Arab countries for remittances has further increased this year. Of the total, about $11.505bn (64.5pc) was remitted from the region.

The region is the biggest importer of manpower from Pakistan but the trade with the region is highly imbalanced and is vastly in favour of Arab countries.

The 11-month remittances were higher than the foreign exchange reserves held by the SBP built on borrowing from international financial institution (IFIs) and raising dollars through selling of bonds in the international market.Read More »Remittances growth slows to 5.6pc