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LatinNews Daily - 16 August 2021

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In brief: Honduras’ trade deficit surges

* Honduras’ central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show the country’s exports totalled US$2.65bn in the first six months of the year, up 14.3% on the same period in 2020. Meanwhile the country’s imports totalled US$6.1bn in the first half of the year, up 42.5% year-on-year. This leaves a trade deficit of US$3.4bn, a 76.1% increase on the same period in 2020. The BCH attributes the surge in imports to the recovery of most domestic activities – mainly manufacturing, trade and private construction – which had been restricted in line with efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).