(Adds quote, growth estimate for 2014)
VERACRUZ, Mexico, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Peru’s economy will likely grow less than the 5.5 percent forecast for 2015, but it still will expand by more than 5 percent, the country’s finance minister, Alonso Segura, said on Monday.
“We don’t see growth around 5.5 percent as had been forecast. It could be less, but it should be above 5 percent,” Segura told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in the Mexican city of Veracruz.
The Peruvian economy is expected to grow by 3.0 percent in 2014, compared with 5.8 percent growth last year.
Peru’s economy grew 1.76 percent in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, the government said last month, underscoring the sharp slowdown in the Andean nation’s economy caused by tumbling mineral exports. (Reporting by Anahi Rama; Editing by Peter Galloway)