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Argentina's economy shrank 2.1% in 2019: official

PTI | Buenos Aires | Updated: 22-02-2020 04:12 IST | Created: 22-02-2020 03:30 IST
Argentina's economy shrank 2.1% in 2019: official
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Recession-hit Argentina's economy shrank by 2.1 per cent in 2019, the state statistics institute said Friday. The institute said the economy contracted by 0.3 per cent in December compared to the same period in 2018.

Argentina has been in recession since mid-2018 as poverty and unemployment are on the rise and inflation surpassed 50 per cent over the last year. Already in 2018, GDP had dropped by 2.5 per cent. The news comes at a time when Argentina is attempting to renegotiate almost USD 200 billion in debt in order to stave off a damaging default.

The International Monetary Fund ended a week-long mission to the South American country on Wednesday, after which it said Argentina's total debt of USD 311 billion, worth more than 90 per cent of its GDP, was "unsustainable." Center-left President Alberto Fernandez said after taking over from market-friendly Mauricio Macri in December that Argentina would not be able to pay its debts if it did not return to growth.

In December, the hardest-hit sectors were financial services, which shrank almost 10 percent compared to the previous year, and construction, which was down by eight percent. On the other hand, the fishing industry grew by 13.5 percent.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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