The gross fixed investment (GFI) figures for December were published today, ten weeks after the year ended. GFI rose a less than impressive 2.3% last year. While GDP (in current pesos) might have recovered its 2008 by the final quarter of 2100, GFI certainly wasn't driving the recovery. Last year's meager gain only barely began to make inroads against 2009's 10.1% fall.
GFI in machinery and equipment began to recover from its 21.0% plunge in 2009, rising 4.3% last year. Construction, the other main component of GFI, gained 1.2% in 2010, after falling 2.3% in 2009.
GFI in machinery and equipment is divided into imported and nationally-produced machinery and equipment. Nationally-produced machinery and equipment climbed 13.3% in 2010, its fastest growth rate in seven years; in 2009, it dropped 18.7%. Imported machinery and equipment inched up a mere 0.8% in 2010 after plummeting 22.0% in 2009. It will be interesting to see if this is a one-time effect or presages a switch in sourcing.