El Salvador's 2008 Article IV Consultation examines the country's economic developments and policies. In 2007, the fiscal position improved, the public debt-to-GDP ratio declined, and economic growth reached its highest level in a decade. The rise in global commodity prices has also generated substantial inflation pressures. The stock of bank deposits has stagnated relative to end-2007, while deposit rates have increased slightly. Interbank repo rates have also risen recently, reflecting tighter funding conditions, and banks have increased their external borrowing, in part to build up liquidity.