LIMA, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Peru's economy probably expanded 4.25 percent in September compared with the same month last year as construction activity weakened and sales and services rose, said economists polled by Reuters.
The forecasts of 10 local and foreign analysts ranged from 3.7 percent to 4.8 percent growth in gross domestic product.
The median forecast of 4.25 percent is below the 6 percent expansion Peru posted in September of last year.
Official data for September will be released on Friday.
Peru, a global exporter of copper, gold and silver, has enjoyed a mining-fueled economic boom over the past decade, but softer demand and weaker prices for minerals have dampened growth prospects this year.
The economy, which expanded by an annual average of about 6.5 percent in the last ten years, grew by 4.3 percent in August and 4.9 percent in the first eight months of 2013.
Last week, the central bank lowered the benchmark interest rate for the first time since 2009.
Analysts told Reuters that sales and services likely led growth in September and that construction activity and mineral exports probably barely grew or dropped.
September's economic expansion would also be limited by a statistical effect, they said.
The central bank said on Friday that Peru's economy will likely expand by around 5.2 or 5.3 percent this year, instead of the 5.5 percent pace it had estimated before.
The government expects a 5.7 percent expansion - a forecast now widely viewed as improbable.
Peru's government, the central bank and many private economists expect economic activity to pick up in the fourth quarter.
(Reporting By Ursula Scollo, Writing by Mitra Taj. Editing by Christopher Wilson) Keywords: PERU ECONOMY/GROWTH
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