UPDATE 1-Mexico factory exports, consumer imports dip in January

viernes 26 de febrero de 2016 10:36 GYT
 

(Recasts with factory exports, consumer imports)
    MEXICO CITY, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Mexico's factory-made
exports dipped in January, even as automobile exports rose,
while imports of consumer goods slipped for a third straight
month, data showed on Friday.
    Manufactured exports dipped 0.6 percent in January compared
with December in seasonally adjusted terms, the national
statistics agency said.
    Mexico exports mostly manufactured goods to the United
States, its top trading partner. Weakness in U.S. factory output
weighed on growth in Latin America's No. 2 economy last year.
    Mexican automobile exports in January rose 2.1 percent
compared with December, but the pace of shipments of other
manufactured items fell 2 percent. Non-automobile exports have
posted month-on-month declines since November.
    Non-oil consumer imports slipped 0.1 percent compared to
December, also down for the third month in a row, possibly
reflecting the steeper cost of foreign goods after a deep slump
in the peso.
    Mexico posted a $1.833 billion trade deficit in January when
adjusted for seasonal swings. In non-seasonally adjusted terms,
Mexico posted a trade deficit of $3.441 billion.

 (Reporting by Michael O'Boyle; Editing by Bernadette Baum)