* Chile posts fourth trade deficit this year
* Exports rise to $5.971 bln, imports slide to $6.008 bln
* Chile copper export revenue totals $3.523 bln in September
SANTIAGO, Oct 8 Chile posted a $37 million trade
deficit in September, its third monthly trade gap
in a row and fourth in total this year, sharply narrowing from
an $843 million deficit in August and $95 million deficit in
July, the central bank said on Monday.
The last time export-dependent Chile posted so many monthly
deficits was in late 2008, when its trade balance was in the red
from August through November.
September's deficit compares with a $228 million surplus in
the same month of 2011, according to revised central bank data.
Exports totaled about $5.971 billion in September, rising
from $5.886 billion in August. Imports were about $6.008 billion
in September, sliding from $6.728 billion the prior month.
World No.1 copper producer Chile depends on its key exports
of the red metal, salmon, wine and forestry products but its
solid domestic demand has kept import volumes high.
Economic growth in Chile is seen slowing to 4.8 percent next
year, held back by global turbulence and down slightly from an
upwardly revised 5 percent estimate for 2012, a Finance Ministry
report showed on Tuesday.
Chile has proved surprisingly resilient to the euro zone
debt crisis so far this year, but economic growth in the small,
export-dependent country is seen slowing in 2013 on ebbing
Chile's copper export revenue totaled $3.523
billion in September, jumping from a previously reported $2.955
billion in August, the central bank said.