Latin Wireless Index: Brazilian telecoms down
Brazilian telecoms saw declines or modest growth in the latest LBC Latin Wireless Index; Mexico’s América Móvil and Chile’s Entel lead for largest revenues and percentage growth, respectively.
The richest people in Latin America
The total number and fortune of Latin American billionaires increased substantially in 2012 compared to 2011. The exclusive club of the billionaires grew by 34 names to 98 last year from 64 in 2011.
A record-breaking year for M&A deals
Most of the acquired companies were in Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Most of the acquirers were in Brazil, the US and -- surprisingly -- in Colombia. Trends and data drawn from the Latin Business Chronicle 2012 Latin America’s top 100 M&A ranking.
Educating the Children to Succeed
Students with limited access to education in Latin America sometimes fail to develop cognitive skills needed for success. Latin Education Index shows how Guatemala and Haiti lag in this area.
LBC Multilatina Index for 3Q12
The index fell 2.1 percent from 3Q11. Nevertheless Bimbo increased its revenue by 40 percent, Cencosud by 30 percent and Femsa by 23 percent. The fastest growing companies relied on their domestic markets and not on international markets.
Top 50 Energy Companies
From Petrobras to Comgas, a who's who in the oil and gas industry and in the electricity business
Brazil, the least globalized economy in Latin America
Brazil ranked for the second consecutive year, as the least globalized country in the region. Venezuela and Colombia are also at the bottom of the list. Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and Chile are the most connected to global trade flows.
The Interjet way
On November 15 the airline opened a route to Las Vegas and is going for Bogotá. It has the second biggest profit margin of all the region’s airlines. How it captured 25% of the Mexican market in just seven years. Interview with José Luis Garza, general director of Interjet.
The Top 100 Pension Funds 2012
Colombian pension funds gain speed. Eleven out of the top 15 funds decreased their assets under management. The number of affiliates to the pension system increased to 74.4 million. There are 60 Brazilian funds among the top 100. Mexican Principal, a growth champion.
Infrastructure bids in Latin America
More than $31.6 billion in 20 major infrastructure bids which are open in 7 countries, are listed in the new Latin Business Chronicle Infrastructure Guide. Descriptions, deadlines and contacts for each bid.
The top 30 women in business
Latin Business Chronicle ranks the most influential women in the Latin American business world of 2012. They include chief executives, board members, company advisers, and creators of some of the region’s most important economic trends.
Mexico: Slowly, But Surely
Mexico’s business and economic outlook is improving, albeit at a slow pace. Key challenges remain, including uncompetitive energy and labor markets.
Mexico Outlook Q&A
Latin Business Chronicle asks leading business people and experts about Mexico's business outlook.
Mexico: Weaker Outlook
Mexico's economy is weakening further, while inflation is rising. In contrast, Brazil is faring much better.
Latin America Helps Barcelo
Spanish hotel group Barcelo sees volatile results in Latin America this year, but expects better times next year.
Mexico Corn: Gene Therapy
More investment in irrigation and technology is needed to reduce Mexico’s chronic dependence on U.S. imports.
Many U.S. media are ignoring the real story - that Mexico is changing for the better despite drug wars and the swine flu.
Mining: Mexican Make-Over
Foreign mining operations in Latin America can be reputational powder kegs unless companies work hard at building local community relations and goodwill.
Mexico: Bumpy Road to Prosperity
Mexico is in much better shape to face the global turbulence than it was in past decades, but will continue to move forward too slowly.
Mexico: Strong BPO Potential
Proximity to the U.S. market, the same time zone, Spanish language and a solid regulatory framework are boosting Mexico's BPO sector.
US Truck Decision Hurts 26,000 Jobs
Solve the truck issue with Mexico now, urge California's agricultural sector and companies like Caterpillar, Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart.
Trade Experts Support Mexico
Experts say Mexico was right to retaliate for U.S. violations of NAFTA and warn against rising protectionism in the United States.
Mexico Success for Jones Day
Mexico and infrastructure work in countries like Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica are driving Jones Day's growth in Latin America.
ACE: Latin Premiums Jump
Latin America is the fastest-growing region worldwide for ACE thanks to strong growth in Brazil and Mexico.
Mexico: A Failed State?
Despite the violence and lawlessness, it is not true that Mexico is on the road to becoming a failed state.
Latin America Real Estate Outlook
Brazil's real estate market has the best outlook this year, but it will be affected by the growing credit crisis and economic slowdown.
Walmex Sets New Record
Wal-Mart sets a new record in Mexico, boosting sales six times more than the country's GDP growth.
Mexico: Iceberg Dead Ahead!
A huge iceberg lies ahead in 2009, but it's too bad that very few Mexicans appreciate the calamity that lurks in the shadows.
Mexico-U.S. Exports Decline
Latin America's overall exports to the United States barely grew, while U.S. exports continue at double-digits.
Will Obama Change NAFTA?
Will a President Barack Obama revise the North American Free Trade Agreement? Four experts share their predictions.
Trade Helps Offset Crisis
Trade is providing a silver lining for both the United States and Latin America amidst the global credit crisis.
Mexico Outlook Q&A
Latin Business Chronicle asks leading experts about the economic and business outlook in Mexico.
Mexico: The Cost of Crime
Mexico's economy is hit by the violence from organized crime, but foreign investors hope the government's anti-crime plan succeeds.
Mexico Infrastructure Outlook
What will be the economic impact of Mexico's planned megaport at Punta Colonet? Three experts share their insights.
Peru Leads GDP Growth
Latin America's GDP will grow higher than the IMF predicts, ECLAC says. Meanwhile poverty has been falling since 1999.
NII Holdings: Good Outlook
NII Holdings is expected to deliver a solid second half in line with its strong first half, experts say. Brazil leads the growth.
US Trade: Colombia Grows Most
U.S. trade with Colombia is booming even without a free trade agreement. Overall US trade with Latin America is picking up.
NAFTA, Mexico and the US
Terminating NAFTA today would put Mexico into a tailspin, where everybody, Americans as well as Mexicans, end up as losers.
What is the outlook for Mexico's economic ties with China following President Calderon's first visit there?
Mexico: Will Gas Subsidies End?
Will Mexican President Felipe Calderon be forced to curb or eliminate the gasoline subsidy? Five experts share their insight.
Mexico Needs Reforms
Mexico should open its nationalized oil, natural gas, and electricity sectors to private investment and participation.
German-Latin Trade Grows
Germany's trade with Latin America is setting new records, led by strong growth with Brazil and Argentina.
Mexico: A Light Energy Reform?
Although too light for many foreign oil companies, the proposed reform of Pemex is a smart effort by President Felipe Calderon at this point.
GDP: Panama Best, Mexico Worst
Panama and Peru are the stars of economic growth in Latin America, while Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador an Venezuela are the top losers.
Pemex, Chevron, Nicaragua
Mexico's energy bill, environmental award gets it wrong, Nicaragua's old Ortega is back, James Bond gets help and more.
China: Latin Business Boom
China's trade with, and investments in, Latin America are growing significantly and expected to continue doing so in the future as well.
Guadalajara Expands Offer
Mexico's "Silicon Valley" is boosting office and industrial space, driven in part by new demand from logistics companies.
Doing a Job on NAFTA
Obama’s criticism of the trade deal reflects either a willful disregard of the facts or a poor command of economics.
The Case for NAFTA
NAFTA benefits both the United States and Mexico, experts say. Any renegotiation would result in U.S. job losses, they say.
In the grand scheme of economic forces, NAFTA is no more than a blip on the U.S. employment picture.
Latin Wireless: Strong Growth
An in-depth report on the fast-growing wireless market in Latin America. Both operators and handset vendors are gaining strongly.
Coffee Chains Change Market
The growing presence of international and national coffee shop chains, is starting to change Latin America's coffee consumption.
Caterpillar's Latin Sales Grow
Caterpillar boosts sales in Latin America, in large part thanks to the commodity boom. And prospects are bright for continued strong growth.
Mexico's Legal Boom
Rising foreign direct investment is giving a boost to Mexico's legal sector.
Mexico: PC Market Grows
Despite a freeze on government purchases, Mexico's PC market is growing. NAFTA has helped lower prices.
Mexico's Wireless Boom
Mexico, Latin America's second-largest wireless market, is growing the number of subscribers and the size of the market. Telcel remains the undisputed market leader.
Mexico Real Estate Q&A
Latin Business Chronicle asks leading experts about the outlook for Mexico's real estate sector.
Latin Inflation: Winners & Losers
Which Latin American countries are winning the fight against inflation? Which are losing it? Our analysis shows some surprising results.
Latin America Helps Citi
A strong performance in Latin America helps offset Citi's declines in the United States. An in-depth look at the bank's LatAm operations and outlook.
Mexico Violence May Get Worse
Mexico's president faces violence from drug cartels and guerrillas and it will likely get worse before it gets better, experts warn.
LatAm: HP Boosts Gap With Dell
HP has widened its lead over Dell in Latin America. Meanwhile, Positivo Informatica has captured the number two spot overall.
Latin America Sales Help Nortel
Latin America was the fastest-growing region for Nortel Networks in the second quarter and one of the few with revenue growth.
Wal-Mart: Mexico's New Bank
Wal-Mart will provide competition for Mexico's banks by following its successful strategy of undercutting rivals' prices.
Ericsson Recovers Latin Sales
Ericsson's Latin America sales outpace North America and grow more than any other region worldwide outside of Asia.
EU Trade With Latin America Sets New Record
Chile replaces Mexico as the second-largest Latin American exporter to the European Union, while Italy replaces the Netherlands as the third-largest EU partner for Latin America.
Latin America Oil: Winners & Losers
Colombia is among the main beneficiaries of the growing "resource nationalism" in neighboring countries. A closer look at Latin America's top oil producers.
Mexico: The Road Ahead
The Calderon Administration in Mexico has a real chance of succeeding in its energy, fiscal and pension reforms.
Insurance: Mexican Shake-up
Heavy losses from hurricane-related payments are expected to lead to a shake-up in Latin America's second largest insurance sector.
Brazil FDI Grows
FDI will grow in Brazil and Argentina this year, but fall in Colombia and Mexico, a new survey predicts.
Latin M&A Boom
The number of Latin American merger and acquisition deals - and their value - grow significantly.
Dell Grows in Latin America
Helped by strong sales of both desktop PCs and notebooks, Dell is seeing strong growth throughout Latin America.
Latin Revenues Up at Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola boosted its revenues and profits in Latin America in the third quarter, helping the overall bottom line of the company.
The accidental coincidences of Fidel Castro's demise and Felipe Calderón's ascendance have the potential to reshape the political geography of Latin America.
Mexico More Competitive
Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela become less competitive, while Mexico goes the opposite way. Chile is best in Latin America, Paraguay worst.
Mexican Housing Boom
Mexico’s mortgage sector is expected to grow significantly thanks to large demand and the recent election of Felipe Calderon as new president.
Mexico-US Trade Boom
U.S. trade with Latin America is growing strongly, led by Mexico and Chile. Venezuela is now the second-largest U.S. partner.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador should concede defeat, while unions in Chile and Mexico should stop striking.
Mexico's president-elect Felipe Calderon faces a series of challenges, including low competitiveness, inadequate infrastructure and inefficent energy.
Canada Boosts Latin Trade
Latin American trade with Canada is growing stronger than with the Unites States and Europe. The growth is led by Mexico, Brazil and Peru.
Telecom War Heats Up
The war over Latin America's telecom sector is heating up, thanks to the latest acquisitions by Spanish operator Telefonica and Mexican operator Telmex/America Movil. The two now solidly dominate the region's fixed and wireless markets.
Latin IT Boom
Latin America’s IT sector is expected to grow dramatically the next few years led by Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
Mexico and Colombia More Competitive
Mexico’s competitiveness has improved, while Brazil’s has deteriorated. But Colombia’s competitiveness improved more than any other country among Latin America’s top economies.
Latin American VoIP Surge
Phone calls over the Internet are growing in Latin America thanks to steep long-distance rates and growing broadband connections. But new entrants find several challenges.
Record Wireless Sales
Latin America is setting a new record in sales of wireless phones. All the top vendors are gaining, but Motorola most: It captured the top spot, replacing Nokia. Brazil remains the leading market, but Colombia has now replacedVenezuela as the fourth-largest market.
Latin Music Sales Fall
Recording industry sales are up in Mexico and most of South America, but down in Brazil and Central America.
US-Latin Trade Boom
Latin America set a new record in trade with the United States last year, with Chile and Mexico leading the way. But China is growing its marketshare at the expense of the United States.
EU-Latin Trade Up
The European Union posted strong trade growth with Latin America last year, led by Venezuela and Mexico. But future EU relations with the region will depend on expanding free trade agreements.
Latin Ads Score Gooool!
The World Cup is helping boost advertising in Brazil and Latin America. All in all, the region is posting a healthy increase in ad expenditures, but Argentina and Venezuela will see declines.
Sao Paulo Best Business City
Sao Paulo and Santiago are the best business cities in Latin America and Caracas and Asuncion the worst, according to a new survey.
Brazil and Mexico: Strong FDI Growth
Foreign direct investment is expected to show significant growth in Brazil and Mexico this year. All in all, FDI in Latin America grew in 2005, the second year of growth in a row.