THE AMERICAS: Near the Peak

U.S. exports flowed into the fast-growing Latin American market at a near-record rate in 1956, Manhattan's Journal of Commerce reported last week. As the Journal figured it, the final 1956 total for U.S. sales to the 20 Latin American republics will run to about $3.7 billion—a hefty 12% above the 1955 mark, and only $20 million or so below the alltime peak reached during the Korean war year of 1951. The U.S.'s five biggest Latin American customers in 1956: Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia and Brazil, in that order.

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