November 7, 2019 / 12:04 PM / 11 days ago

Chile's October exports plummet 21% amid unrest -central bank

    By Dave Sherwood 
    Nov 7 (Reuters) - Chile's export revenue plunged by nearly
one-fifth to $5.3 billion in October, the central bank said on
Thursday, in an early sign of a faltering economy amid the worst
unrest since the South American nation's return to democracy in
1990.
    Weeks of sometimes violent protests, riots, arson and
looting in Santiago and elsewhere have led to at least 23 deaths
and more than $1.5 billion in damage to businesses, according to
authorities and rights groups.
    The value of copper exports from the world's top producer
fell by 22% in October to $2.5 billion, driven by falling
prices. 
    Chile's copper mines have mostly maintained production and
kept operations running normally despite weeks of unrest in the
country, industry insiders told Reuters this week, though there
have been incidents at some operations and uncertainty lingers.

    Import revenue also fell 20%, to $5.6 billion in October,
central bank data showed.
            
                          October    Sept      October
                          2019       2019      2018
 Trade balance            -$307 mln  -$19 mln  -$313 mln
 Exports (billions of     $5.257     $5.205    $6.626
 dollars)                                      
 Imports (billions of     $5.564     $5.224    $6.939
 dollars)                                      
 Copper export revenue    $2.515     $2.763    $3.244
 (billions of dollars)                         
    

 (Reporting by Dave Sherwood; editing by Jason Neely)
  
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