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Mexico Peso Drops as Global Growth Concern Dims Export Outlook

March 12, 2012

Mexico’s peso declined for the first time in four days after slower-than-forecast Chinese export growth boosted concern about the world economy and the global appetite for goods from the Latin American country.

The peso declined 0.3 percent to 12.6844 per U.S. dollar at 1:48 p.m. in Mexico City, from 12.6425 on March 9. It’s risen 9.9 percent this year, the most among major currencies tracked by Bloomberg.

China reported the biggest trade deficit in at least 22 years on March 10, damping confidence in global economic growth that had been spurred by higher-than-forecast U.S. jobs data last week. The peso is slumping as the Chinese data adds to concern about the U.S. economy, the destination for 80 percent of Mexican exports, according to Pedro Tuesta, a Washington- based Latin America economist at 4Cast Inc.

“This is not a compartmentalized thing,” Tuesta said by phone. “Mexico is very exposed to trade. Mexico’s market grows because the external market grows.”

Latin America’s second-biggest economy may expand closer to 4 percent this year, rather than the 3.5 percent the government has forecast, should the U.S. economy keep improving, central bank Governor Agustin Carstens said last month in Mexico City

The yield on the country’s peso-denominated debt due in 2024 was little changed at 6.38 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The price rose 0.02 centavo to 131.56 centavos per peso.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Bain in New York at bbain2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Papadopoulos at papadopoulos@bloomberg.net


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