Ecuador Enters Recession as China Loans Fail to Offset Oil

1 Oct 2015   Ecuador

Ecuador’s economy slipped into recession in the second quarter for the first time since 2009 as the government struggles to borrow enough money to offset the global oil slump. Gross domestic product shrank 0.3 percent from the previous three months, after contracting a revised 0.1 percent in the first quarter, central bank General Manager Diego Martinez said Wednesday to reporters in Quito. From the year earlier, the economy expanded 1 percent. Ecuador is running out of money. Its use of the U.S. dollar as its official currency means increased dependence on foreign loans as the slump in oil prices cuts the value of exports. The local money supply has shrunk by about a quarter this year, while the trade deficit has swelled to a record. To make matters worse, expected loans from China, the nation’s biggest foreign creditor, haven’t come through as fast as forecast, forcing the government further […]

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