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Peru economic activity surges at fastest pace in five years in April

Staff Writer |
Economic activity in Peru accelerated strongly in April, jumping 7.8% year-on-year, double the 3.9% annual growth rate observed in March.

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April’s result marked the fourth consecutive acceleration, following three successive months of softening growth in Q4 2017.

A supportive external sector and strengthening domestic demand drove growth in April. Exports rose on the back of growing sales of mining, agricultural, metal-mechanical and fishing products to buyers abroad.

The annual pace of export growth in April was buoyant, coming in at double-digit.

On the domestic demand side, retail sales expanded solidly, and consumer credit gathered pace compared to the previous month.

Moreover, soaring imports of non-durable goods were a further testimony to robust domestic demand.

Annual economic growth in April was generally broad-based, with the hydrocarbons, agriculture, fishing, transport, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors leading the way.

However, The mining sector contracted slightly in April, mainly due to a one-week shutdown at the Las Bambas mining plant and the road blockade in the Matarani port.

Consequently, annual average variation in economic activity came in at an over one-year high of 3.1% in April, up from March’s 2.5%.

LatinFocus Consensus Forecast panelists expect GDP will expand 4.0% in 2018, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s projection. For 2019, the panel expects the economy to grow 3.4%

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