March 24, 2017 / 4:06 PM / 4 months ago

Peru cenbank cuts view of 2017 growth, sees wider fiscal deficit

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LIMA, March 24 (Reuters) - Peru's central bank slashed its forecast for economic growth this year to 3.5 percent from 4.3 percent in its previous estimate in December, and said in a quarterly report on Friday that it expects the government to post a bigger fiscal deficit.

The central bank said it expects the fiscal deficit to widen to 2.8 percent this year from 2.6 percent in 2016, though the government has set a 2.5 percent target for 2017. (Reporting By Ursula Scollo, Writing By Mitra Taj; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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