Mexican manufacturers built 147,379 cars and trucks in February, up 2.6% from the 143,581 vehicles made in like-2000 (see data p. 6). February's increase is the second single-digit production uptick in three months after increases of 20%-30% or more throughout 2000, possibly a signal that the cooling U.S. economy is affecting Mexican output. Indeed, analysts are scaling back growth projections for the Mexican economy, which initially was expected to expand about 4.5% in 2001, down from ...

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