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Sigh of relief for Mantega: Brazilian economy expands 1.5% in second quarter

Saturday, August 31st 2013 - 02:01 UTC
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Grey clouds are dissipating, believes Mantega Grey clouds are dissipating, believes Mantega

Brazil’s economy expanded 1.5% in the second quarter of 2013 compared with the previous three month, exceeding the most optimistic market expectations, official statistics showed Friday. The farm sector fared best, growing 3.9%, followed by industry with 2% and services 0.8% according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) website.

Investments rose 3.6% while consumption edged up a paltry 0.3% during the period. Compared with the second quarter of last year, GDP expanded 3.3%.

“The reduction of inflation and the resumption of growth, all this is beginning to dissipate the grey clouds that had gathered over our country,” Finance Minister Guido Mantega said at an event in Sao Paulo.

The Brazilian economy grew an anemic 0.9% in 2012. This year, the government and the International Monetary Fund are banking on 2.5% GDP growth while market analysts are forecasting 2.2%. In 2011, the country posted 2.7% GDP growth after a sizzling 7.5% in 2010.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank pressed on with its efforts to rein in inflation, which reached 6.27% on an annualized basis in July, close to the 6.5% upper limit of the government target. On Wednesday, the bank raised its benchmark interest rate half a percentage point to 9%.
 

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  • macsilvinho

    Brazilian statistics from such a corruPT government? Makes me remember Venezuela, Argentina...

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 08:18 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    Where are ChrisR?

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 09:08 am 0
  • ChrisR

    Don't worry, I am here.

    “The reduction of inflation and the resumption of growth, all this is beginning to dissipate the grey clouds that had gathered over our country,” Finance Minister Guido Mantega said at an event in Sao Paulo.

    He should complete it by urinating on the way out of the building* and handing his resignation to Rousseff. Now THAT would be good news for Brasil, because the numbers are full of holes.

    Just remind me how bad they were last year!

    (2 Brasileiro: * it means Piss Off!).

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 05:18 pm 0
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