Peru economy surprises with 3.26 pct growth in 2015 on Dec surge

lunes 15 de febrero de 2016 01:12 GYT

LIMA Feb 15 (Reuters) - Peru's economy grew at a better-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, data from the state statistics agency showed Monday.

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

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

(Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Richard Pullin)