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Peru 2022 growth likely hindered by protests, says central bank official

Peru 2022 growth likely hindered by protests, says central bank official

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s economy likely grew slightly less than 2.9% last year, a senior central bank official said on Friday, suggesting that the South American country’s economy expanded less than previously forecast, due in part to an explosion of social unrest that began in December.

Adrian Armas, head of the bank’s economic studies unit, said in a call that growth for 2022 was not now expected to reach the 3% figure forecast as recently as November.

Protests erupted after the impeachment of former leftist President Pedro Castillo, who tried on Dec. 7 to illegally dissolve Congress, with demonstrators demanding President Dina Boluarte’s resignation. The death toll reached over 40 this week.

Armas added in a call that inflationary pressures have continued into January.

“What we are seeing is that unfortunately the pressures on perishable food continue,” Armas said.

“Certainly the (unrest) problems we have in the south are generating significant price increases,” he added, explaining that supply chains has been hindered by “multiple” road blocks.

Inflation in Peru closed 2022 at 8.46%.



Source: Investing.com

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