Chile's economic activity up 2.8 pct in March vs year earlier
SANTIAGO, May 5 (Reuters) - Chile's economic activity posted a 2.8 percent rise in March from the same month a year ago, boosted by retail and services, the central bank said on Monday. That brings quarterly expansion to 2.4 percent versus a year earlier, the slowest rate of growth since early 2010, when it also grew 2.4 percent. The IMACEC economic activity index, encompassing about 90 percent of the economy tallied in gross domestic product figures, came in a whisker below forecasts for a 3.0 percent increase. In comparison with February, economic activity contracted a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent. March Reuters February March poll 2013 Rate y/y (pct) +2.8 +3.0 +2.9 +3.9 (Reporting by Santiago newsroom Edited by W Simon)
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