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Peru: Businesses grow more pessimistic in April

Christian Fernsby |
The business confidence indicator in Peru declined from March’s 59.6 to 55.9 in April, but nevertheless remained above the 50-point threshold that separates optimism from pessimism, where it has been for two years.

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April’s decline came on the back of a broad-based deterioration in the sub-components of the index.

Companies had worse prospects on the general economic situation, as well as on demand prospects.

Moreover, firms had less favorable expectations for the next 3 and 12 months regarding the general economy and their company’s demand.

Additionally, firms had less optimistic expectations on the sector’s economic prospects in the next 3 and 12 months, and on their company’s economic outlook in the next 3 months.

Furthermore, companies had less favorable yet positive hiring intentions for the next 3 and 12 months.

On the other hand, firms had slightly more positive expectations on the company’s situation in the next 12 months.

Panelists expect fixed investment to contract 3.9% in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast.

For 2020, panel participants see investment growing 3.6%.

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