Latin America economic news summary

Source: ICIS News

2018/06/08

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are the economic news stories on the Latin America region for the week ended 8 June:

Braskem's chemical plants in Brazil are operating at 50% capacity because of logistical disruptions caused by a recent trucker strike.

Brazil's GDP rose by 1.2% in the first quarter from the same time in 2017, the state statistical agency (IBGE) said on 30 May.

Mexico's producer price index (PPI) increased by 1.48% in May month on month, the state statistical agency INEGI said on 7 June.

Mexico's economy grew by 2.3% year on year in the first quarter, the state statistical agency (Inegi) said on 23 May. Quarter on quarter, GDP grew by 1.1%, Inegi said.

Mexico's central bank maintained its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 7.5% on 17 May amid uncertainty stemming from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Mexican peso. The bank said the current rate should help inflation fall back to their 3% target and that they were closely following potential inflation pressures from a weaker peso.

The peso has tumbled close to 5% this month to its weakest in more than a year, largely because of a stronger dollar. The central bank said “domestic factors” also weakened the currency. Mexican policymakers said the peso could be further hurt by uncertainty about Mexico’s presidential election on 1 July, as well the renegotiation of NAFTA.