Mexico growth outlook brightens on exports, tone on NAFTA: official

5/22/2017 Reuters

Export Or Import DirectionsThe outlook for Mexico’s economy is improving after stronger factory exports in the first quarter and a more optimistic tone on trade talks with the United States, a top finance ministry official said on Monday.

Finance Ministry Chief Economist Luis Madrazo said Mexico’s exports, excluding oil which has been hit by lower production by state-run oil company Pemex, grew 9.2 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, the strongest pace in more than two years.

“(Factory) exports are now firing on all cylinders, and that is very good for Mexico,” Madrazo told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Mexico exports mostly manufacturing goods, compared to other Latin American economies that produce more raw materials, and it sends nearly 80 percent of its exports to the United States.

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