* President Humala's poll numbers see sharp recovery
* Last year's fiscal surplus 1.8 pct, trade surplus widened
LIMA Feb 26 Peru had a 2011 fiscal
surplus after two years of deficits, the central bank said over
the weekend while a new poll showed President Ollanta Humala's
popularity on the rise.
Last year's surplus, driven by healthy mining export
revenue, amounted to 1.8 percent of gross domestic product after
the South American country registered a 0.3 percent deficit in
2010 and a 1.3 percent deficit in 2009.
Peru ran a current account deficit of 1.3 percent last year,
a bit tighter than the 1.7 deficit registered in 2010, the
central bank said. The country's trade surplus widened to $9.30
billion in 2011 versus $6.75 billion in 2010.
An opinion poll conducted by Ipsos Apoyo and published on
Sunday by El Comercio newspaper said Humala's popularity had
risen to 59 percent from 54 percent in January and an all-time
low 47 percent in December.
The poll was taken on Feb. 22-24, days after Peru captured
the leader of the leftist Shining Path insurgency. The arrest
gave Humala his first big victory against what remains of the
Humala took office in July, vowing to ensure that Peru's
poor share in the benefits of the country's booming economy.