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)