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.
Vista Oil & Gas and Trafigura Argentina announced yesterday the signing of a $250 million joint investment agreement in Vaca Muerta to develop 20 wells in the Bajada del Palo Oeste block. This alliance allows us to strengthen our business in Argentina and integrate the supply of crude oil for our refinery and the subsequent collection of fuels for our network of service stations, wholesale customers and the export market in neighbouring countries.
June would close with foreign exchange earnings from the agro-export sector of around $2.6 billion, a figure down from May's record of more than $3.5 billion, but in line with the historical average.
Ford Motor Co said on Monday that its financial services arm, Ford Credit, will close its operations in Argentina and Brazil. Its losses include $365 million related to foreign currency and about $10 million in cash from employee layoffs.
Less than seven months after its launch, the bank wallet has already chosen by two million people joining the trend of leaving cash behind. In addition, more businesses are entering, and more functions and benefits added to the app on the way to transforming the daily use of money.
The production of SME industries grew 11.1 per cent in May compared to April 2021, with the highest monthly variation rates in Non-metallic minerals (43.4%) and Footwear and leather goods (52.1%).
The government disbursed 2020 more than 100 billion pesos ($1.05 bn) in assistance and financing to SMEs. They represent 26 times more than the 3.8 billion pesos ($39.77 mn) earmarked for the sector in 2018 and far exceeds the 3.5 billion pesos ($36.63 mn) executed in 2019 i.e., it is an increase of 2,757%.