viernes, 15 de junio de 2012

President sees reduced violence in Mexico

Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa said drug-related violence dropped 12 per cent in the first five months of 2012, Mexico's El Universal reported on 15 June, citing an interview between Calderón and the Wall Street Journal. Calderón did not give figures and observed it was too soon to claim victory. About 16,800 people died in drug-related violence in 2011 and 55,000 since the conservative Calderón goverment began its war on drug cartels in late 2006, according to these newspapers.

Flat prices rise in Colombia

Prices of newly built housing in Colombia rose 9.5 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012, at three times the inflation rate, the financial daily Portafolio reported on 15 June, citing DANE, the Colombian state statistics agency. Apartment prices rose 11.9 per cent in the capital Bogotá in this period, and the report attributed the increase across the country to rising land and construction prices. Developer Felipe Bernal was cited as saying that steel prices had increased, while the price of cement and bricks rose 18 per cent "in the past eight months."