Mexico has benefited from the NAFTA; being a free market economy, it has increased its trade with the US and Canada threefold. Furthermore, over 90% of their trade falls under twelve free trade agreements spanning more than 40 countries worldwide. The Mexican GDP grew at an average rate of 5.1% during 1995-2002. The recent economic recession and more specifically, the downslide in the US markets impacted this growth in a negative way. The annual average growth for the GDP in 2005 dipped to 3-4.1%.
In 2009, the economic profile for Mexico took a turn for the worse. Widespread disease in the form of a flu outbreak added to the failing economy in 2009. Policy stimulus proved inadequate against the background of limited fiscal stimulus and monetary relaxation. From an all-time low rate of annual inflation of 3.3% in 2005, this rate has only recently displayed signs of reducing from 6.4% in 2008 to 5.4%. These fluctuations are largely caused by the economy of Mexico’s close association with US business and trade.