During April, economic activity contracted for the third consecutive month, registering a 1.2% decline compared to March in the seasonally adjusted measurement. The level of activity is still 3.1% below the pre-pandemic. The restrictions to avoid the second wave will also reflect in the May figure.
In May, the Central Bank recorded a foreign trade cash surplus of $2.36 billion, some $742 million more than what was reported last week by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC) based on Customs declarations. The data show the substantial improvement recorded by trade due to the increase in soybean prices and an advance in the rate of foreign currency liquidation by exporters.
In the last two months, the sneakers factory Dass incorporated 200 employees in the plant that operates in the city of Eldorado, in the province of Misiones. It also resumed the production of sports footwear for Nike. Currently, the plant produces 6,700 pairs of sneakers per day, and the aim is to double the output in the following months to increase it up to 17,000 pairs per day, among all the brands.
In July, more than $700 million will be due between bonds and cancellations of bilateral and multilateral loans, according to data from the Ministry of Economy. Argentina will pay the 2020 swap bonds, the first instalment to the Paris Club and other international credits. Foreign currency commitments for $6.5 billion are pending this year, most of them with the IMF.
Tenaris announced this Tuesday the start of its hydraulic fracturing operations in Vaca Muerta. As of June, 90 fractures have already been completed in 3 wells with excellent efficiency indicators, accompanying the increase in production levels of the Fortín de Piedra unconventional gas field.