Stories for February 17th 2011
Bolivia’s powerful Workers Union, COB, called for a 24 hours general strike Friday against the government of President Evo Morales to protest food and public transport price hikes.
A good crop year for Argentine farmers and the government: export revenue will be up 4 billion US dollars and the tax man will bag an additional 888 million US dollars according to estimates from local grain dealers.
Gold rose Thursday to a one-month high as rising consumer prices in United States and the UK boosted investor demand for an inflation hedge. Silver touched a 30-year high.
London has beaten New York, Tokyo and Paris to become the world's highest grossing shopping city.
The UK capital, which boasts more big-name stores than any other, had the highest retail sales last year, with shoppers spending £62.4billion.
IMF Managing Director is scheduled to visit Uruguay next month where he will meet President Jose Mujica and his economic team before flying to Brazil. Dominique Strauss-Khan will arrive in Uruguay from Panama and is not scheduled to visit Argentina, according to Uruguayan government sources.
Brazil's Lower House approved Wednesday a government proposal to limit a minimum wage increase to 545 Real a month, handing President Dilma Rousseff her first major legislative victory.The proposal will be voted on in the Senate next week, where it is expected to be approved.
A woman has been named to head Brazil’s Rio do Janeiro police department for the first time following a corruption scandal that led to the arrest of more than 30 police and military officials, officials said Wednesday.
Brazil is as concerned about the decline of the U.S. dollar as it is about the Chinese currency and has no plans for a joint initiative with Washington to press China to let its currency appreciate faster, said Finance Minister Guido Mantega
The number of foreign tourists visiting Argentina jumped 27.1% in 2010 compared to the year before, while dollars spent increased 25.9% according to air and sea arrivals and City of Buenos Aires numbers compiled by the country’s Statistics and Census Office, Indec.
The Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has published its operational data for the month of January 2011.