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Mexico lowers 2016 GDP forecast, sees 2.2 to 3.2 pct growth

MEXICO CITY – Mexico is lowering its economic growth forecast for 2016, citing what it calls “adverse” international conditions including sluggish industrial production in the United States.

The Treasury Department is now predicting GDP expansion of 2.2 per cent and 3.2 per cent this year. That’s down from its previous forecast of 2.6 per cent to 3.6 per cent.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Fernando Aportela said Friday that Mexico’s economy is also being hurt by volatility in financial markets and low prices for oil, a key export.

Nearly 80 per cent of Mexican exports go to the United States.

Mexico’s central bank also lowered its growth forecast recently, to between 2 per cent and 3 per cent.