UPDATE 1-Colombia exports soar 43.8 pct in April

* Economy grew 4 percent in first quarter – Uribe

* Exports rise on sales of petroleum and its products

BOGOTA, June 3 (BestGrowthStock) – Colombia’s exports soared 43.8
percent in April compared with the same month a year earlier
while exports from January to April grew 26.2 percent versus
the same period last year, the government said on Thursday.

Latin America’s No. 4 oil exporter grew around 4 percent in
the first quarter, in a sign the Andean nation was recovering
after being hit by the global financial crisis, Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe said. [ID:nN03236145]

Exports in April increased to $3.49 billion, the DANE
statistics agency said.

In April, exports to the United states grew 98 percent
compared with the same month last year. Traditional exports
increased 86 percent to $2.24 billion, mainly due to sales of
petroleum and petroleum products, it said.

Exports from in the first four months of 2010 rose to
$12.62 billion free-on-board (FOB) from $10 billion FOB in the
same period last year, the agency said.

Traditional exports in the January-April period soared 60
percent due to oil and petroleum products while non-traditional
exports fell 6.6 percent due to lower sales of live animals and
their products, it said.

Stock Market Report
(Reporting by Bogota newsroom, writing by Jack Kimball;
Editing by Diane Craft)

UPDATE 1-Colombia exports soar 43.8 pct in April