MONTEVIDEO Feb 19 Uruguay's government is lowering its official forecast for 2014 economic growth to 3 percent from an earlier estimate of 4 percent, a spokesman for the economy ministry said on Wednesday.
The small South American country's economy has expanded at a slower pace in recent years on weaker exports of soy and meat.
The economy likely grew 3.88 percent in all of 2013, according to a central bank poll published on Tuesday. Gross domestic product rose 3.9 percent in 2012 and 6.5 percent in 2011.
The comments by economy ministry spokesman Matias Ponce follow President Jose Mujica's estimate earlier this month that the inflation rate would likely remain between 7 percent and 9 percent over the next year - above the government's target ceiling.
CORRECTED-PRECIOUS-Gold steady ahead of US data this week, weaker dollar supports
(Corrects first bullet point to "high", not "low", and last bullet point to "this week", not "next week") BENGALURU, June 26 Gold prices were little changed on Monday as the market waited for a flurry of key U.S. economic data this week, with a weaker dollar offering some support. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was nearly flat at $1,256.06 per ounce at 0050 GMT, staying near a one-week high hit on Friday. * U.S. gold futures for August delivery