Trade between Guatemala and China is reduced

Guatemalan purchases in China fell -24.9%, meanwhile sales decreased -54.9%, when comparing August 2007 to that of 2008.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The international financial crisis has already begun to affect the country's economy. Data from the Bank of Guatemala (Banguat) show that imports as well as exports have fallen in the first 8 months of this year.
Comparing figures from January to August of 2006 with 2007, the purchase of Chinese products by Guatemalan businesses grew 44.2%, going from $350.1 million to %4504.8 million. In 2008 the figure had been reduced to $379.3 million, that is, there as a drop of -24.9%. Similarly, in 207 Guatemalan sales to the Asian giant for the same time period, went up

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