Venezuela reports 5.5% growth in the last quarter of 2012
According to the central bank, the performance in the fourth quarter was the result of a 3.7% and 5.6% growth of the value added of the public and private sectors, respectively
The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) reported on Tuesday a 5.5% growth of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the same quarter in 2011.
Including the economic growth recorded in the first nine months of 2012, Venezuela's annual growth in 2012 hit 5.6%, the central bank said in a communiqué.
The leap recorded in the fourth quarter was the result of a 3.7% and 5.6% growth of the value added of the public and private sectors, respectively.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.