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ECONOMIC INSIGHTS
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BANKS’ SHARE OF LBP-DENOMINATED DEBT AT 19.6% IN JULY 2022

The share of Lebanese banks of LBP-denominated debt remained flat on a monthly basis at 19.6% during the month of July 2022.

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LEBANON RANKS 59TH GLOBALLY AND 12TH REGIONALLY IN TERMS OF ENERGY SECTOR PERFORMANCE

Lebanon ranked 59th in the world and 12th in the region in the 2022 World Energy Trilemma Index with a score of 57.0 compared to a score of 57.8 in the 2021 edition of the report.

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VALUE OF REAL ESTATE SALE TRANSACTIONS DOWN BY 5.28% Y-O-Y BY OCTOBER 2022

The value of transactions dropped by 5.28% y-o-y to $11.32 billion in the first ten months of 2022, down from $11.95 billion during the same period in 2021.

BDL’S FOREIGN CURRENCY RESERVES REACH $10.25 BILLION AS AT MID-NOVEMBER 2022

The Lebanese Central Bank’s balance sheet conveys a somewhat flat (-$2.90 million bi-weekly change) level of foreign currency reserves at $10.25 billion during the first half of November 2022.

VALUE OF TAX-FREE SHOPPING DOWN BY 31% YTD SEPTEMBER 2022

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SIC RECEIVED 404 MONEY LAUNDERING CASES IN LEBANON IN 2021

The total number of suspected money laundering-related cases in Lebanon attained 404 in the year 2021, compared to 463 cases in the year 2020.

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