miércoles, 8 de junio de 2011

Direct foreign investment

Direct foreign investment (DFI) is not exactly flooding into Mexico. DFI totaled US$4.79 billion in the first quarter -- 8.0% less than a year earlier and less than half the portfolio investment registered in the first quarter of this year.

Reinvested profits accounted for two-thirds of DFI in the first three months of 2011. New investments accounted for over a quarter (28.1%) of DFI. Just 4.8% took the form of an increase in subsidiaries’ debt with parent companies.

Reflecting the acquisition of FEMSA, the Netherlands displaced the US as the leading source of DFI, providing nearly half (48.8%) of the total in 2010. In Q1, the US reasserted its typically dominant position: the US share came to 85.2% of the total. Switzerland followed, with 7.7%. Spain, Canada, and “the rest” contributed 2.3%, 2.4% and 2.4%, respectively. 

Over half (54.4%) of DFI went into manufacturing. Commerce attracted 18.1% and mining, 12.0%. Professional services and real estates garnered 7.1% and 6.3%, respectively, of the total, with “the rest” accounting for 2.4%.

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