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  • CARTAGENA, Oct 8- Colombia's benchmark interest rate is approaching a neutral level and there is little reason to alter it, central bank board member Carlos Gustavo Cano said on Wednesday, adding there is room to cut the rate again if necessary. I don't see reasons for that, "Cano told reporters at a business conference in Cartagena. The bank began a tightening cycle...

  • In January, Mexico said it had launched a probe of 270 companies, with a focus on seven, for allegedly exploiting legal tax loopholes that have leaked income out of Mexico for years. Reuters reported last month that the world's largest household products maker, Procter& Gamble, and No. 2 toymaker, Hasbro, were at the heart of the probe, which could cost the firms...

  • Oct 7- Billionaire Carlos Slim said on Tuesday that America Movil is trying to sell assets from Mexico's west Coast and the border with the United States, not just the east coast, as part of a previously announced divestiture. Bloomberg reported in September that America Movil, Latin America's biggest telecommunications company, could unload infrastructure...

  • Oct 2- Constellation Brands Inc on Thursday said that it was expanding capacity at its brewery in Mexico to increase its share of the market for import beers in the United States. The company will acquire from Anheuser-Busch InBev. a glass production plant in Nava, Mexico for $300 million, pending approval from regulators. Last year, as part of ABInBev's...

  • The company, which sells Corona and Modelo beer in the United States, said net income fell to $196 million, or 98 cents per share, in the second quarter ended Aug. 31 from $1.5 billion, or $7.74 per share, a year earlier. The year-earlier quarter included a $1.6 billion non-cash gain from the acquisition of Grupo Modelo's U.S. beer business from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

  • Net income was $196 million, or 98 cents per share, for the second quarter ended Aug. 31, down from $1.5 billion, or $7.74 per share, a year earlier. The year-earlier quarter included a $1.6 billion non-cash gain from the acquisition of Grupo Modelo's U.S. beer business from Anheuser-Busch InBev. It said it would acquire a glass plant and associated warehouse, land and...

  • New dawn for Mexican steel puts Brazil in the shade Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 23- Mexico is emerging as the preferred choice for investors in Latin American steel making as a landmark energy reform and exposure to a U.S. recovery help outshine regional rival Brazil, where the gloom of recession has taken hold.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 19- One of Mexico's richest men has resigned from broadcaster Televisa's board over a potential conflict of interest because he wants to acquire his own television network, the company said on Friday.

  • Primero reports underground fatality at Mexico mine Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    TORONTO, Sept 19- Canadian precious metals miner Primero Mining Corp said on Friday an employee of one of its contractors was killed in an isolated underground accident at its flagship San Dimas mine in Mexico on Thursday night.

  • FedEx units to raise shipping rates from January Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:34 PM ET

    Sept 16- FedEx Corp, the world's No.2 package delivery company, said it would increase shipping rates for its express, ground and freight services, effective Jan. 5, 2015. The rate change applies to FedEx freight shipments within the United States, Canada and Mexico as well as between the U.S. and Canada and between the U.S. and Mexico, FedEx said.

  • *Japan production capacity at 28- year low. TOKYO, Sept 17- Mazda Motor Corp has returned to profit as the falling yen has rewarded the carmaker's export-heavy strategy. "Companies are not that interested in expanding capacity in Japan," said Kaori Yamato, senior economist at Mizuho Research Institute.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 16- Tropical storm Polo could become a hurricane off Mexico's Pacific Coast on Thursday the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning Polo was about 275 miles south of Mexico's famous beach resort of Acapulco and moving in a northwest direction at 12 miles per hour, the NHC said.

  • BEIJING/ NAGOYA, Japan, Sept 16- Toyota Motor Corp is reconsidering a move to open a new compact car assembly plant in Mexico after company President Akio Toyoda told planners searching for a site to pause and review its rationale, executives familiar with the matter said.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 12- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said on Friday limits on companies making dollar deposits in cash would be scrapped in a bid to spur trade in the border region near the United States.

  • *Fresnillo says it may hedge some gold output. BANGALORE/ LONDON Sept 12- Silver miner Fresnillo Plc has agreed buy Newmont Mining Corp's 44 percent stake in Penmont, their Mexican gold mining joint venture for $450 million in cash.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 11- Mexico's government will present a bill to stop using the minimum wage to calculate fines, levies and contributions Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday, paving the way for a possible increase in base pay levels.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 9- Mexican construction companies, including Grupo Ica and billionaire Carlos Slim's Grupo Carso, have formed a consortium to bid on contracts to build a new airport for Mexico City, construction industry group CMIC said on Tuesday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 4- Mexico is likely to pick an experienced, foreign construction company, working in partnership with local firms, to build a new $9 billion international airport in Mexico City, Telecoms and Transport Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said on Thursday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 4- Mexico is likely to pick an experienced, foreign construction company, working in partnership with local firms, to build a $9 billion Mexico City airport, Telecoms and Transport Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said on Thursday.