During the first quarter of 2021, 11 Peruvian companies obtained $250.8 million of credit funding through Primary Public Offerings, representing a 42% increase from the first quarter of last year. The demand amounted to around twice the supply and the securities acquired ranged from 270 days to 10 years.
Peru's electoral authority ONPE reported in its first election results release that Castillo was leading this presidential election with 15.8% of the votes, followed by De Soto with 14.5% and Lopez Aliaga with 13.1%. However, fewer than 12% of the voting ballots had been counted and these early results are likely to over-represent urban voters. Latest figures are therefore confirming that Peruvians will return to polls in June.
Peru's external debt is expected to be below the average of the Latin American region over the next two years, according to FocusEconomics. Peru's external debt in 2021 should be 39.9% of its GDP, positioning Peru after Brazil and Mexico whose external debts represent 21.5% and 38.8% of their respective GDP.
The number of digital payments in Peru increased by 663% during the COVID-19 pandemic, representing one of the fastest growth of such payments in the region. This growth is mainly explained by the increase in digital payments of electronic, home, fashion, beauty and sports goods and services.
Peru's Society for Foreign Trade reported that imports to Peru amounted to $7.265 billion during the first two months of 2021, representing a 3.5% increase from the same period of last year. Most imports originated from China, concentrating $2.145 billion of these goods and 29.5% of all imports, followed by the US, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.