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World at Work: Portugal

By Bloomberg Photos - 2013-04-25T15:24:51Z

Photograph by Mario Proenca/Bloomberg

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Reviving Commercial Routes

This week's "World at Work," an occasional photo essay featuring economic events from around the world through the photography of the Bloomberg Photo Service, photographer Mario Proenca looks at a marble quarry in Vila Vicosa, Portugal.

As Europe’s indebted nations try to chart their way to recovery from the continent’s most debilitating economic crisis since World War II, Portugal is delving deep into its history by reviving commercial routes that its navigators pioneered.

The central bank in Lisbon reported the first trade surplus in at least six decades in 2012 as consumers spend less on imports and lower labor costs help revive manufacturing in Europe.

Left, a worker checks a block of raw marble before it is hoisted from the quarry pit.