Category Archives: Economy

IMF predicts Brazilian GDP will grow only 0.3% in 2014

For the sixth time in a row, the International Monetary Fund cuts down its forecast for 2014 economic growth in Brazil. In July IMF projected an expansion of 1.3%, now it expects only  0.3%. This figure, if  confirmed, will be the second … Continue reading

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How expensive are products made in Brazil?

Brazilian products are on average 34.2% more expensive than a similar product made somewhere else. What are the reasons? The Brazil cost, followed by the appreciation of the Brazilian Real, explain the economic stagnation the country is facing. Those are … Continue reading

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Brazil: our highlights of 2012

2012 was a year of contrasts for Brazil. To start with, FDI was record  but the country is not cheap anymore. Momentum is still positive. 7 out of 10 business leaders  interviewed by the E&Y attractiveness survey point Brazil as the most attractive place to establish … Continue reading

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Brazil’s GDP disappoints but tax burden is record

Brazil’s third-quarter GDP disappointed analysts with 0.6% versus a market consensus of 1.2%.  revisions in GDP growth forecasts for both this year and 2013.  Main surprises Private consumption was up 0.9% but  investment decreased  (-2.0%) and government spending (+0.1%) came as the main … Continue reading

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Rio’s ongoing billionaire projects

The city of Rio de Janeiro is a big construction site. From infrastructure to embellishment of the port, an ensemble of projects pose investment opportunities for Brazilian and international investors.   Porto Maravilha The revitalization of the port area, Porto Maravilha (waterfront area), … Continue reading

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Business opportunities between Brazil and Slovenia

As Brazil stands as one of the top growing markets, new business partners appear. I recently met with some Slovenian companies interested in exploring Brazil and was surprised to find out what this small country has to offer. Slovenia is per capita the … Continue reading

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Brazilian biggest companies in the Forbes list

Forbes list of the world’s biggest companies uses an equal weighting of sales, profits, assets and market value to rank companies according to size. 33 Brazilian companies are in the ranking. Energy makes number one among them with Petrobras (oil, gas … Continue reading

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