MEXICO CITY, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Spending on new investment goods in Mexico rose in September by the most since April, rebounding from a drop the previous month in a sign that the economy is holding up heading into the fourth quarter.
Gross fixed investment rose nearly 1.1 percent in September from the previous month, following a downwardly revised 1 percent drop in August, the national statistics agency INEGI said on Monday.
A jump in construction fueled the rise while a drop in imported machinery dragged on the monthly rate.
The measure of spending on machinery, equipment and new construction was up 3.1 percent from the same month a year earlier, compared with an upwardly revised 4.1 percent year-on-year growth in September.
Solid U.S. demand for local exports has supported Mexican growth despite a wider global slowdown and a pick-up in manufacturing in the fourth quarter has put the economy on track to grow about 3.9 percent in 2012.