August 16, 2017 / 2:48 AM / a year ago

Mexico says foreign direct investment reaches $15.6 bln in first half

MEXICO CITY, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Foreign direct investment in Mexico reached $15.6 billion in the first half of the year, an increase of 8.8 percent over the corresponding preliminary figure a year earlier, the economy ministry said on Tuesday.

The figure for the second quarter was $5.6 billion, up 4.2 percent from the year-earlier quarter, the ministry added.

From the beginning of the current administration in December 2012, Mexico has taken in foreign direct investment of $156.2 billion, it added, up 51.9 percent from the same point in the previous administration.

More than half of the total came from the United States, followed by nearly 11 percent from Spain and about 8 percent from Canada. (Reporting by Sheky Espejo; Writing by Julia Love; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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