(Adds historical comparisons)
MEXICO CITY, April 5 Mexico's consumer
confidence rose in March to its highest since December, the
national statistics agency said on Wednesday, as U.S. officials
softened their tone on trade with Latin America's second-largest
The index was 81.5 in March when adjusted for seasonal
factors , above the 78.1 reached in February.
Confidence hit an all-time low in January after inflation
surged on a spike in government-regulated gasoline prices and
the peso sank to a record low before U.S. President Donald Trump
The peso has recovered, helped by comments
from American leaders such as U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur
Ross who said last month that a sensible trade deal with Mexico
would help the currency.
The unadjusted consumer confidence index was
81.0 during the month.
(Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Andrea Ricci)