Sluggish Financial Results in Latin America for U.S. Companies in 2014

Posted on July 26, 2014 • Filed under: Business, Latin America News reported US companies are reporting sluggish financial results in Latin America, showing the risks they face in relying on Brazil and other emerging markets in the region for growth. Companies ranging from Ford Motor Co to 3M Co and Caterpillar reported second quarter earnings that highlighted weakness in their Latin or South American operations. While Venezuela’s weak currency valuation previously weighed on US corporate finances, the latest results indicate broader struggles. Several companies reported tepid performance in Brazil, the biggest economy in Latin America, where some economists fear the country is on the verge of a recession. “The place where we see a little bit more of a challenge is Latin America,” 3M Chief Executive Officer Inge Thulin told analysts on the company’s quarterly conference call on Thursday. The diversified manufacturer, whose products include office supplies and industrial adhesives, cut its full-year revenue forecast for the region, the worst-performing in the quarter, hurt by a sales decline in Brazil. Read Article

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