Private and public sectors' imports over USD 40 billion
Oil revenues amounted to USD 69.7 billion
By the end of the third quarter, private and public sectors' imports totaled USD 40.7 billion, whereas last year they stood at USD 33.2 billion. Said increase "is associated with a higher dynamism in domestic aggregate demand," a BCV's statement read.
The numbers indicate that the slowdown in some key sectors of the economy was offset by an increase in imports. In fact, according to the BCV's statement, imports of goods totaled USD 32.9 billion.
The private sector's imports in the third quarter focused on food, agriculture, cattle, and common metals. This takes place amid a fall in food production and the collapse of Guayana's basic industries attributed to the lack of raw materials and investments.
Furthermore, although it did not break down the goods imported by government bodies, the BCV informed that such imports jumped 41.7%, amounting to USD 15.3 billion in the last nine months.
According to the central bank's data, similarly to the non-oil sector, imports by the oil sector climbed. They stood at USD 7.7 billion by the end of the third quarter.
Out of total imports, "59% was oriented to intermediate consumption, 23% to gross fixed capital formation, and 18% to final consumption.
Regarding income, the BCV outlined that by the end of the third quarter, oil revenues accounted for USD 69.7 billion, jumping 6% with respect to the same period in 2011 (USD 66.3 billion).
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.