(Updates to add imports, exports in third paragraph.)
Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Peru’s trade surplus widened in October as rising gold and copper prices spurred export growth.
The Andean country had a trade surplus of $672 million in October, compared with a $505 million surplus a year earlier, the country’s National Statistics Institute said today in an e- mailed report.
Exports rose 20 percent to $3.73 billion from a year ago, the agency said. Imports climbed 18 percent to $3.06 billion, led by demand for cars, televisions and mobile phones.
Metals accounted for 60 percent of Peru’s exports in October.
The sol weakened 0.2 percent to 2.7015 per dollar at 11:11 a.m. Lima time from 2.6955 on Dec. 9.
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