Guatemala: 24% Increase in Raw Materials Imports

During the first 10 months of 2010 foreign purchases of raw materials amounted to $ 4,037 million.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

According to information from Bank of Guatemala, this represents an increase of 24.4% over the same period of 2009, which reported $ 3,246 million.

"In the case of volume it also reported an increase of 24.3% to 3,480.2 million kilos. In 2009, it had been 2,800.6 million. Employers from various sectors said that the increase is due to economic recovery, however, the amount of last year's sales is not what they expected," reports the article at

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