Adjusted for seasonal swings, Latin America's second-biggest
economy contracted 17.3% from March, the biggest fall since
modern data began being published in early 1993, according to
figures put out by national statistics agency INEGI.
The decline, however, was not as sharp as the 19.4% drop
forecast by a Reuters poll of economists.
In unadjusted terms, the economy shrank 19.9% in April compared
with a year earlier, the figures showed.
A breakdown of the data showed that primary activities such as
farming, fishing and mining shrank 6.4% from March. Secondary
activities, which include manufacturing, plummeted 25.1% and
tertiary activities, which cover the service sector, fell 14.4%.
Auto production almost ground to a halt in April, falling by
98.8% on the year, and the country's main industry group has
forecast output in the sector could drop by nearly a third in
The government hopes the economy fared slightly better in May,
when authorities gradually began to permit sectors such as
carmaking, mining and construction to start up again.
(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Paul
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