Country’s exports reported to be up

The country’s exports increased 7.7 percent in the first half of the year in comparison with the same period in 2012, the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior said Wednesday.

Exports were $2.9 billion, the ministry said.

Foreign direct investment was up, too. The Banco Central reports that in the first half of the year, the country saw $1.3 billion in this type of investment. The amount was 15.4 percent greater than the same period in 2012, said the ministry.

There was a 97 percent increase in investments in real estate, according to the ministry data.

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