Mexican Economic Growth Lost Steam in 2017

02/23/18 10:25 AM EST
   By Anthony Harrup 

MEXICO CITY--Mexico's economic growth slowed in 2017 as declines in oil production and construction weighed on industrial activity, while services expanded at a slower rate than the previous year, the National Statistics Institute reported Friday.

Gross domestic product, a broad measure of output in goods and services, grew 1.5% in the fourth quarter from the year-earlier period, bringing full-year growth to 2.0%. Mexico's GDP grew 2.9% in 2016.

Services were the main driver of growth last year, increasing 3% from 2016, while industrial production contracted 0.6% on weakness in oil and gas output and a drag on construction from government budget cuts. Manufacturing output accelerated, however, up 2.9% after growing 1.5% in 2016.

Activity picked up in the fourth quarter following a contraction in the previous period when two major earthquakes and several hurricanes hurt oil production and services. GDP expanded 0.8% seasonally adjusted from the third quarter, which translates into an annualized rate of 3.2%.


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