UPDATE 1-Panama's economic growth expands in January

martes 29 de marzo de 2016 19:10 GYT

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PANAMA CITY, March 29 (Reuters) - Panamanian economic growth accelerated in January compared with the previous month, data from the national statistics office showed on Tuesday.

The economy grew 4.10 percent in January, up from 3.03 percent in December, driven largely by a boost in telecommunications and transportation, the figures showed.

The Central American nation's economy has been cooling as $15 billion of infrastructure investment, mainly for the expansion of the Panama Canal, reaches its conclusion.

The canal expansion is now 96 percent complete. Such public works helped lift Panama's economic growth to one of the highest rates in Latin America in recent years. (Reporting by Elida Moreno; Editing by Leslie Adler)