Economy & Finance
Latin American Herald Tribune - Police officers renting their patrol cars and uniforms to criminals, and paying supervisors for a particular beat are some common corrupt practices in Mexico, where there is widespread social acceptance, experts said.
Reuters - Mexico's central bankers split over whether to send a signal they might cut interest rates if inflation keeps cooling, according to minutes of their January discussions.
Dow Jones - Mexico is seen posting its second-biggest monthly trade deficit this year for December on softer manufacturing exports and falling prices for crude-oil exports, but the nation's overall trade shortfall for 2012 is projected to be quite modest.
Latin American Herald Tribune - New guidelines for the interconnection fees that Mexican telecommunications companies charge each other could be published in early February, regulators said.
Asia Times - "We are completely 'clueless' when it comes to China." This statement by Enrique Dussel, director of the Center for China-Mexico Studies of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, describes the current state of Mexico-China relations.
IANS/EFE - Mexico's total public debt is at 35.8 percent of the gross domestic product, the Finance Secretariat said. About 80 percent of Mexico's domestic liabilities are long-term instruments at fixed interest rates and Udis.
FreshFruitPortal - Officials estimate that over 2,000 hectares of tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelons and other products were seriously damaged by frosts that hit northern Mexico last week. Chihuahua and Sinaloa also reported widespread crop damage.
Dow Jones - Mexico's annual inflation rate is seen hitting a 15-month low in early January, giving more room to the central bank to implement a possible rate cut. Twelve-month inflation measured by the consumer-price index is seen easing to 3.38 percent.
Business News Americas - The Mexican infrastructure sector can secure a 28.2 trillion peso investment ($2.23 trillion) between 2013 and 2018 with the right reforms, said Luis Zárate, president of the Mexican construction chamber CMIC.
Prensa Latina - The Ministry of Social Development published in the Official Journal a decree regulating the Crusade Against Hunger in Mexico announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto.