Industries and markets

Brazilian manufacturing sector picks up during the second quarter

“The IHS Markit Brazil manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) rose to 51.0 in June from a 10-month low of 50.2 in May, having steadily declined for three months in a row to the point of

Mexican police protest and block streets against “militarization” of the force

“Hundreds of federal police blocked roads and protested in Mexico City on Wednesday against President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s plan to merge them into his new National Guard.”

Argentine company admits responsibility in major blackout in Mercosur countries

“Argentina’s energy secretary says improper reprogramming of the electricity system following the installation of a bypass on a major transmission line caused the power outage that left tens of millions of people in three nations

Brazil estimates trade surplus this year to reach US$ 56.7 billion

“Brazil’s Economy Ministry on Monday raised its projection for the country’s trade surplus this year to US$56.7 billion from US$50 billion but warned that trade activity will decline due to slowing global economic growth.”

Can Macri’s infrastructure projects sway Argentine voters?

“Power outages and other infrastructure issues weigh on the minds of voters in the run-up to the presidential election.”

Mexican manufacturers demand background checks for migrant labour

“Some Mexican firms fear they may lose US certification if they hire gang members who enter Mexico as migrants.”

One year from election, Mexicans give government poor marks on key issues

“A year since his election, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador enjoys the backing of nearly two-thirds of the electorate, but skepticism about his government’s handling of major issues is widespread, a poll showed on

Oil prices slip despite OPEC cuts: fears of a weakening global economy

“Oil prices slipped on Tuesday as worries that a weakening global economy would dent demand for the commodity outweighed the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) decision to extend supply cuts until next March.”

AMLO inaugurates National Guard, admits no advances yet in security

“President urges guardsmen to act professionally and with honesty and integrity.”

Colombia’s ‘disastrous’ minimum wage is restraining its development

“In Colombia, the legal minimum wage is around $ 828,000 Colombian pesos, about USD $260. Although for many of those who receive it, the figure seems negligible, for Christopher Pissarides, it is one of the