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LatinNews Daily - 17 November 2021

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In brief: Honduras’s trade deficit surges

* Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show that the country’s exports totalled US$3.97bn in the first nine months of 2021, up 20.3% on the same period in 2020. Meanwhile Honduras’s imports totalled US$9.49bn, up 47.5% on the same period in 2020. This leaves a trade deficit of US$5.5bn, an increase of 76.3% on the same period in 2020. The BCH attributes the surge in imports to the recovery of economic activity in the country – mainly manufacturing, trade, private construction, and transport – which had been restricted in line with efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).