Colombian economy grows 4.3 percent on government construction spending
Colombia's second quarter economic growth may have been lower than anticipated but it still expanded at a healthy pace, as the government spent substantially on infrastructure and consumer spending remained strong.
DANE, the country’s national statistics institute, reported that Colombia's economy grew 4.3 percent during the April through June quarter compared with the same period the previous year. Economists, on average, had predicted a 4.5 percent rate of expansion.
The institute’s Director, Mauricio Perfetti del Corral, claimed the new data confirmed the continued strength of Colombia’s economic growth, as well as its sustainability. "Today it is one of the countries in the world with the strongest growth," he said.
Construction led growth sectors in Q2, expanding 10.2 percent year-on-year, with the finance sector also performing strongly with 6.1 percent growth. However, both the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors showed modest declines.
Colombia's oil-driven economy has made it a regional leader in recent years, with growth driven largely by government infrastructure spending.
With road travel between Colombian cities historically difficult due to tall mountain ranges and a substandard highway network, the government has embarked on a multi-billion-dollar plan to rectify the situation, with the repair, expansion and replacement of ageing highways. Spending on public works projects jumped 16 percent in the second quarter year-on-year.
Colombia expects full-year growth of about five percent despite a decline in oil prices, its top export, and lower oil output as a result of attacks from rebel groups including FARC.
It was reported earlier this week that Leftist guerrilla fighters killed two contractors in northeastern Colombia working on a pipeline for state-owned oil company Ecopetrol.
Cordless power tools market to reach US$26.2bn by 2026
The revenue of the cordless power tools market will grow by a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.54% reaching US$26.2bn by 2026, a new Aritzon report predicts. The report provides an in-depth analysis and insights into the impact of COVID-19 on the market, revealing that drills and fastening tools accounted for the highest revenue.
According to the research, this segment of the market generated an additional US$2.37bn expected to increase by a CAGR of 8.49% during the 2020-2026 forecast period. Other findings included APAC having the fastest growth in the cordless power tools market which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.34%.
The report divides the market into sections such as tool type, end-user, dynamics, and geography, as well as by country and major vendors, including Stanley, Black & Decker, Bosch, and Makita.
Under market segmentation, the report revealed that the industrial end-user segment, comprising both the automotive and construction industries, generated the most revenue in the cordless power tools market in 2020.
One of the biggest factors increasing the demand for cordless power tools was DIY, including home improvements and wood-crafting. In addition, the residential segment is expected to grow due to more homes and buildings being constructed.
In Geographical terms, America had the largest market for cordless power tools in 2020, a position it is expected to hold during the forecast period. The US is home to several large industries including aerospace, electronics, and packing, in addition to the construction and automotive sectors.
Speedy: The construction equipment and services provider
Speedy, a construction services and equipment company, has invested £10mn (USD) into new products to allow it to uphold its promise of a four-hour guaranteed delivery service. The company launched the service in response to rising customer demand for quicker site deliveries.
The company says the investment will add 25,000 new assets to its most popular products and boost the availability of equipment from its UK and Ireland-based service centres. In the past year, Speedy has made 13,000 four-hour deliveries, increasing by 30% year on year.
Dan Evans, Chief Operating Officer at Speedy, said: “The growing demand for our four-hour delivery promise reflects the value it’s providing our customers, helping them to be more productive and complete projects on time by giving them quick access to essential site equipment.
“This latest investment boosts the availability of our top products throughout the UK. It provides our customers with the reassurance that we can support them to get the job done on time so that they can avoid costly delays to the projects they are working on”, he added.
The four-hour delivery service means that the company guarantees w=equipment to be delivered to a customer anywhere in the UK within four hours of being ordered. If an item is delivered outside of this window, customers receive free hire for a week, Speedy says.