CARACAS, Tuesday November 20, 2012 | Update

Venezuela's GDP up 5.2% in third quarter

"Venezuela has entered a stage of stable, sustainable growth," Minister of Finance Jorge Giordani argued

Tuesday November 20, 2012  01:35 PM

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ended the third quarter of 2012 at 5.2%, a growth of the domestic economy for the eighth quarter in a row, as appears from the numbers supplied by the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV).

A review of the outcome of the two prior quarters -6.0% in the first quarter and 5.8% in the second quarter- found economic growth at 5.6% in the first nine months of the year, a press release noted.

"Venezuela has entered a stage of stable, sustainable growth," Minister of Finance Jorge Giordani argued. The official emphasized that the economic performance has allowed overcoming the goal set for this year at 5%.

Based on BCV results, non-oil economy moved forward by 5.4%, whereas oil activity surged by 1.1%.

Construction went from 10.9% up to 12.6% between the third quarter of 2011 and the same term of 2012, primarily prompted by Great Mission Housing. Other material sectors included communications at 6.9% and general government services at 5.5%.

Manufacturing extended its rally at 3% in the third quarter; transportation and storage climbed to 3.5%, and electricity and water supply gained 3%.

In the opinion of the Finance Minister, the social policy implemented by the Venezuelan government has pushed up Venezuelans' income. He broke down that small businesses have steadily grown as to become medium-sized enterprises.

For his part, BCV President Nelson Merentes refrained from giving any details on a potential issue of bonds to feed the Transaction System for Foreign Currency Denominated Securities (Sitme).
Is protest over?

That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending  in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.

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