Mexico GDP Contracts More than Expected in Q2



The Mexican gross domestic product declined 0.2 percent on quarter in the three months to June of 2018, up from a preliminary estimate of a 0.1 percent contraction and compared to a downwardly revised 1.0 percent growth in the first quarter. It was the worst contraction since the second quarter of 2013 (-0.7 percent), as both the primary sector and industry fell and services slowed further.

The industrial sector shrank 0.3 percent, matching the preliminary estimate and compared to a downwardly revised 0.8 percent rise in the first quarter. The construction sector slumped (-1.7 percent vs 2.2 percent in Q1) and mining and quarrying continued to decrease (-0.2 percent vs -0.6 percent). Meantime, output growth slowed sharply for manufacturing (0.2 percent vs 0.7 percent) and utilities (0.3 percent vs 1.2 pecrent). Also, the primary sector declined 2.1 percent, as initially estimates showed, contrasting with a downwardly revised 0.6 percent expansion in the previous quarter. 

In addition, the services sector grew only 0.2 percent, below a preliminary reading of 0.3 percent and well below a downwardly revised 1.0 percent increase in the first quarter.

Year-on-year, the Mexican economy advanced 2.6 percent, the most since the first quarter of 2017, missing a preliminary figure of 2.7 percent but above a 1.4 percent expansion in the previous period.

Mexico GDP Contracts More than Expected in Q2


INEGI | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
8/24/2018 3:43:10 PM