November 26, 2014 / 2:16 PM / 5 years ago

Mexico October factory exports soar by most in five-years

A worker checks the locks of a storage container at Ferrovalle rail yard in Mexico City June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican factory exports expanded by the most in over five years last month while consumer imports also rose, in a sign that a recovery in Latin America’s No. 2 economy may be gaining steam.

Factory exports jumped 5.38 percent in October from September in seasonally adjusted terms off a contraction the prior month, the national statistics agency said on Wednesday, marking its biggest jump since August 2009.

The rise was fueled by a 8.5 percent increase in auto exports, its best showing since February, and a 3.93 increase in non-auto factory exports. Most of Mexico’s exports are manufactured goods and nearly 80 percent of its exports are sent to the United States.

Non-oil consumer imports rose 3.13 percent in October compared with September, pointing to stronger demand from shoppers after a tax hike crimped spending earlier this year.

Mexico’s finance ministry cut its 2014 growth forecast last week to a range of 2.1 to 2.6 percent from 2.7 percent after the economy grew unexpectedly slowly in the third quarter.

Mexico posted a $712 million trade surplus MXTBLS=ECI in October when adjusted for seasonal swings. In unadjusted terms, MXTBAL=ECI Mexico posted a trade surplus of $143 million.

Reporting by Alexandra Alper Editing by W Simon

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