Total capital goods imported for the period were worth $1.01 billion, compared with $0.90 billion in the first half of last year, according to data from the Guatemalan central bank, Banguat.
Sigloxxi.com reports on increases at sector level: "Goods imported for agriculture totaled $26.4 million compared to $24.5 million last year, a 7.6% rise. Meanwhile for the construction and telecommunications industries the amount was $833.5 million relative to $705.4 million, representing an increase of 11.1%".
Capital goods imports (machinery and equipment) increased 15.4% in the first 7 months compared to the same period of 2009.
According to statistics from the Bank of Guatemala (Banguat) the purchase of machinery for the agricultural sector, textiles and telecommunications reached $ 1,232 million compared to $ 1,068 million in 2009.
Compared to the same period in 2010, imports of machinery and equipment in the first 7 months of 2011, have increased by 14%.
According to the Bank of Guatemala, companies acquired $186 million worth of capital assets.
"An analyst at Central American Business Intelligence (CABI), Paulo De León, believes that this demonstrates the existence of dynamic sectors in the economy that are investing, producing and creating jobs, despite the odds", reported Siglo21.com.gt
In 2010, imports of capital goods (machinery and equipment) increased by 26.7% compared to 2009.
The total amount imported in 2010 was $ 2,327 million, $ 490.9 million above the $ 1,836.3 of 2009.
"In addition, volume also reported an increase of 9.1%. In 2009, the amount of the purchase abroad was 242.1 million pounds, and in 2010 of 264.1 million. This was also an increase of 21.9 million," writes Sigloxxi.com.
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