Mexico says 2000 GDP grew at robust 6.9 pct

Mexico's gross domestic product expanded by 6.9 percent during 2000, the fastest growth rate seen by Latin America's second-largest economy in nearly 20 years even with a year-end slowdown, the Finance Ministry said on Feb 15, 2001. The country's economic expansion was fueled by renewed consumer confidence not seen since the 1994 peso currency crisis, and it was reflected in a 7.3 percent growth rate in the service sector led by trade, communications, transport and financial services, the min