Mexico auto exports fall by most in nearly 3-1/2 years

Reuters September 9, 2019

MEXICO CITY: Mexican auto exports posted their biggest annual decline in nearly 3 1/2 years in August, while output also suffered a sharp drop, data from the national statistics institute showed on Monday.

Auto exports fell by 12.7% from August 2018 to 281,811 units, the biggest decline since April 2016, the data showed.

Automotive production, meanwhile, contracted by 9.6% to 337,462 units, the fourth consecutive month of decline, and the biggest drop since last December, the data showed.

The automotive industry is a mainstay of Mexico’s export sector, which has been one of the few bright spots for the country’s struggling economy this year.

Mexico narrowly avoided a recession in the first half of 2019, and the auto data offer little respite for the economy.

Automotive output declined 0.9% during the first eight months of the year, the data show. If that trend continues, the industry will this year suffer its worst year in a decade.‑Reuters

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