RPT-UPDATE 2-Peru's economy surprises with 3.26 pct growth in 2015 on Dec surge

lunes 15 de febrero de 2016 09:34 GYT

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* Helped by surge in copper output and anchovy catches

* December's 6.39 pct is fastest monthly expansion in 2 years

* Growth expected to continue to accelerate this year

LIMA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Peru's economy expanded at a faster-than-expected rate of 3.26 percent last year, rebounding from a sharp slowdown in 2014 thanks to a December surge in copper output and anchovy catches, state statistics agency Inei said Monday.

The official year-on-year reading for December, 6.39 percent, marked the fastest monthly expansion in two years and came in above the 5.4 percent rate forecast in a Reuters poll.

The finance ministry had estimated a 2.8 percent expansion in all of 2015 while the market and central bank expected growth of about 3 percent.

In 2014 the economy grew 2.4 percent as investments and exports tumbled at the end of a decade-long mining boom that had been fueled by record prices for its key mineral exports.

Last year was the first since 2010 that economic growth quickened rather than slowed in the Andean country, the world's third-biggest supplier of copper and zinc and seventh-biggest producer of gold.   Continuación...