LIMA, June 20 (Reuters) - Peru’s central bank trimmed its 2013 economic growth outlook to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent on Thursday as a tough global economy crimps demand and prices for the country’s minerals exports.
It also slashed its forecast for the 2013 trade surplus to $675 million from $2.77 billion.
But domestic demand, which has led growth in recent years, remains strong - contributing to a wider view for the current account deficit, now expected at 4.4 percent of gross domestic product this year as imports remain robust.
In March, the central bank had forecast a current account gap for this year of 4 percent of GDP.
The government, which has won plaudits from rating agencies for its sound fiscal management, will likely post a fiscal surplus this year of 0.7 percent of GDP, the central bank said. Its earlier forecast was for a fiscal surplus of 1 percent of GDP.