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Mexico central bank further slashes growth forecast for 2019
The Bank of Mexico said pressures on the Mexican economy ranged from lower U.S. industrial output, global trade disputes to uncertainty over domestic policies in Mexico - Photo: Sal Burciaga

Mexico central bank further slashes growth forecast for 2019

30/05/2019
13:12
Reuters
Mexico City
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The bank said it sees inflation at 3.7% at the end of the year, versus a prior view of 3.4%

Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) cut its economic growth forecast in 2019 for the fourth time on Wednesday, warning of global and domestic risks to investment and consumer sentiment in Latin America’s No. 2 economy.

In its quarterly inflation report, the Bank of Mexico said pressures on the Mexican economy, which contracted 0.2% in the first quarter compared to the previous three-month period, ranged from lower U.S. industrial output, global trade disputes to uncertainty over domestic policies in Mexico.

The bank cut its gross domestic product growth forecast for 2019 to a range of 0.8%-1.8% from 1.1%-2.1% previously.

Vowing to boost growth and investment, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said the economy will expand “at least” 2% in 2019 and 3% in 2020.

The central bank maintained its view for 2020 growth at 1.7%-2.7%, but said that the balance of risks for growth remains tilted to the downside due to rising uncertainty.

“We expect activity to rebound in the coming quarters,” Banxico governor Alejandro Díaz de León told reporters after presenting the report.

A significant challenge for the economy is uncertainty over the credit rating of state oil firm Pemex, the bank said.

Ratings agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor’s this year cut the standalone assessment of Pemex, which is burdened by USD$106 billion of debt, and put it on negative outlook, inching the firm closer to a financial cliff.

Turning to the outlook on price developments, the bank said it sees inflation at 3.7% at the end of the year, versus a prior view of 3.4%. It also raised its projection for inflation at the end of 2020 to 3.0%, from 2.7% previously.

Banxico said its expects inflation to converge toward its target of 3.0% +/- one percentage point during the third quarter 2020, rather than in the first half of next year, as previously forecast.
 

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