LIMA, June 11 Peru posted a trade deficit
of $452.3 million in April, the biggest monthly
deficit on record, central bank data showed on Tuesday.
Last year Peru registered a $41.8 million deficit in April.
Imports have been rising in the country's fast-growing economy
even as prices and volumes for its metals exports slip.
In March the economy slowed to grow just 4.8 percent in the
first quarter compared to the same period a year ago on weak
metals prices, prompting President Ollanta Humala to vow to do
more to encourage investments in the Andean nation.
Peru is a top global miner of copper, gold and silver.
Mining has traditionally powered the economy, but surging
domestic demand has led growth in recent years, offsetting weak
exports amid slumping demand abroad.