Peru: Trade surplus at six-month low in April
June 7, 2019
Peru’s trade balance recorded a USD 259 million surplus in April, narrowing from March’s USD 471 million surplus as well as from the USD 340 million surplus recorded in the same month of last year.
Exports dipped 2.3% year-on-year in April, due to lower prices more than offsetting higher quantities, following March’s much sharper 10.7% plunge. Lower foreign sales of mining products, and oil and natural gas more than offset surging exports of fishing products. Tensions at Las Bambas mine continued to disrupt mining activity. Meanwhile, imports contracted 0.2% annually in April, a much softer decline than March’s 7.2% contraction, dragged down by lower purchases of consumer goods and transport equipment.
In the 12 months leading up to April, the trade surplus was USD 6.4 billion, below March’s USD 6.5 billion surplus and the weakest reading in one-and-a-half years.