June 5, 2018 / 12:43 PM / 4 months ago

Chile economic activity strongest in six years

SANTIAGO, June 5 (Reuters) - Chile’s economic activity rose 5.9 percent in April from the same month a year ago, its sharpest rise in six years, the central bank said on Tuesday.

The IMACEC economic activity index, encompassing about 90 percent of the economy tallied in gross domestic product figures, was boosted by an upturn in manufacturing and the key mining sector, strengthened trade figures and an increased number of business days. It came in above a Reuters forecast for a 5.4 percent increase.

Compared with March, economic activity dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent.

Reporting by Antonio de la Jara; writing by Aislinn Laing Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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