MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s economy bounced back in the third quarter, led by increases in industrial output as business reopened from shutdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but activity remained well below its year-earlier level, revised data show.
Gross domestic product, a measure of output in goods and services, expanded a seasonally adjusted 12.1% in the July-September period following a record 17% contraction in the second quarter, the National Statistics Institute said Thursday.
The revised reading was little changed from the advance estimate of a 12% expansion reported at the end of October. Compared with the third quarter of 2019, economic activity was down 8.6%.
The increase in output snapped a string of five consecutive quarters of economic contraction.
Industrial production rose 21.7% from the second quarter, boosted by the reopening of key sectors like auto production and construction, which had been at a virtual standstill in April and May. Services grew 8.8% from the second quarter, and agricultural production was 8% higher.