LIMA, March 15 Peru's economy grew 6.15 percent
in January from the same month a year ago, with strong expansion
in the construction and retail sectors, official data showed on
Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast expansion of 6.6
Growth in Peru - which posted one of the quickest growth
rates in Latin America last year - has been led for the past few
years by strong domestic demand that has outpaced relatively
In January, the construction sector grew 18.4 percent on the
year, while retail rose 5.47 percent, and manufacturing expanded
The mining and oil sector, however, contracted 4.38 percent.
Mining historically has led growth and makes up about 60 percent
of Peru's export earnings.