Revived trade with Latin America could help rouse the U.S. economy from its siesta.

Exports to Latin America soared nearly 18% in the first nine months of 1991, to $42.6 billion, from $36.2 billion in the same period last year. Latin America s in a growth mode, and the uptick partly reflects pent-up demand in the region for capital equipment and other goods made in the United States.

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