Coffee growers fear damage from cold

Reuters - Unusually cold weather is worrying coffee farmers in Mexico and Central America at the peak of harvest season as ice on trees or heavy winds has damaged coffee for export, regional producers said on Monday. Damage in the areas could be 80 percent.

Alfa expects best Ebidta "in our history"

Dow Jones - Mexican conglomerate Alfa said Monday it expects to report fourth-quarter earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization at $290 million, "the best we've had in our history," said company director Mario Paez.

Televisa, Vivendi might join for Mexican airwaves

Bloomberg - Grupo Televisa and Vivendi are discussing a joint bid for mobile-phone airwaves that the Mexican government plans to auction this year, Excelsior reported. The newspaper said Televisa and Vivendi would each own half of a company that would invest about $3 billion to create a national wireless network in Mexico.

Mexico ranks No. 2 in plastic surgery and fraud

El Financiero - Mexico ranks second worldwide in the practice of cosmetic surgery and the second in the incidence of such surgeries performed by untrained people. Liposuction, nose correction and breast augmentation are the most popular procedures.

Slim's telecom empire is losing its luster

Reuters - Mexican icon Carlos Slim might be one of the world's two richest men, but his telecommunications empire is losing some of its shine. Technology, regulation and growing competitors are chipping away at Telmex, the cornerstone of Slim's telecommunications holdings, and once-frantic sales growth at his America Movil wireless operator is tapering off.

Government boosts water-saving bathroom fixtures

CNNExpansion - A plan to save water in Mexico City could revive the market for bathroom fixtures under a government alliance with companies to install water saving equipment in offices and help their employees do the same in their homes.

Shifts occur on list of Mexico's richest

Sentido Comun - The good performance of supermarket chain Controladora Comercial Mexicana and household and appliance retailer Grupo Famsa marks the return of the Gonzalez family and the Garza Gonzalez family the list of the wealthiest business people in Mexico. The three families that control Genomma Lab Internacional joined the list for the first time.

93 firms buy rules for telephony, broadband auction

La Jornada - Ninety-three companies bought the rules for Mexico's auction of the bands of 1.9 and 1.7 gigahertz (GHz) for mobile telephony and broadband by Friday night's deadline -- 49 companies for the 1.7 Ghz band and 44 for the 1.9 GHz band. Among the companies were TV Azteca, Telcel, Nextel, Iusacell, GTM, Multivision, Avantel, Axtel, Pegasus, Cablevision, Mega Cable, Alcatel, Marcatel, Maxcom, Grupo Elektra, Unefon Operator and Motorola.

Mediators offer solution to Luz y Fuerza dispute

La Jornada - The group of mediators between the Mexican Electricians Union (SME) and the federal government suggested on Friday night a series of guidelines aimed at preventing the escalation of the conflict over dissolution of Luz y Fuerza del Centro and laying a foundation for its solution.

Grupo Posadas raises $200 million in bond sale

Dow Jones - Mexico's largest hotel chain operator, Grupo Posadas, raised $200 million in a five-year bond deal Friday as the company looks to refinance debt that is maturing over the next two years.

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