UPDATE 2-Peru economy grew 0.94 pct in February - government

miércoles 15 de abril de 2015 13:40 GYT
 

* Economy shrank 0.3 pct in February from January

* Construction slump biggest in nearly 4 years

* Mining, oil, fishing and manufacturing activity all fell

* Preliminary data shows uptick in electrical consumption in March (Adds details, context)

By Mitra Taj

LIMA, April 15 (Reuters) - Peru's economy expanded narrowly in February, growing 0.94 percent from the same month a year ago, missing market expectations as construction and mining activity dropped, the government said on Wednesday.

The official growth reading, released by the state statistics agency Inei, was below the 1.35 percent expansion forecast in a Reuters poll.

It also marked a slowdown from January's 1.68 percent expansion and the 5.42 percent surge posted in February 2014.

At a seasonally adjusted rate, Peru's economy shrank 0.3 percent in February from January, Inei said.   Continuación...