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Brazil in recession: worst slowdown in nearly three decades

Sunday, August 30th 2015 - 13:58 UTC
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A commodities-fueled economic boom has fizzled since Rousseff took office in 2011, and her stimulus efforts drove up debt without spurring growth A commodities-fueled economic boom has fizzled since Rousseff took office in 2011, and her stimulus efforts drove up debt without spurring growth

Brazil's economy shrank 1.9% in the second quarter, sinking into a recession that has hammered President Dilma Rousseff's popularity. The quarterly contraction, reported by government statistics agency IBGE on Friday, was bigger than what markets expected and confirms the worst slowdown for Brazil in nearly three decades.

 A commodities-fueled economic boom has fizzled since Rousseff took office in 2011, and her stimulus efforts drove up public and private debt without spurring growth.

This year she reversed course, trying to cut government spending and subsidies as the central bank battles inflation. The austerity program has torn apart her governing coalition, but failed to lift business and consumer confidence from record lows.

Investment plunged 8.1% in the second quarter, its eighth straight decline. Household consumption, an economic engine during the boom years, fell 2.1%, the worst drop since 2001, due to rising unemployment, tighter credit and the highest inflation in over a decade. The economy contracted 2.6% from the second quarter last year.

Brazil which was once flush with export revenues because of Chinese demand for iron ore and soybeans, industrial surveys, consumer defaults and online retail sales all show a recession that deepened in recent months.

Financial markets had expected poor growth data after months of grim indicators and the Real dropped 1% against the dollar and the Bovespa stock index was 0.1% lower. The Real has depreciated 25% against the dollar this year and Bovespa has lost 5%.

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  • Brasileiro

    We are improving our society. Long before a recession is an investment!

    B R A S I L I L O V E YOU ! ! !

    Aug 30th, 2015 - 04:02 pm 0
  • Skip

    I don't doubt you love your country.

    However people have been telling you for years that your growth model was flawed and your system corrupt.

    Your love didn't change the outcome. Many of the improvements made in Brazil in the past 2 decades are being lost. Unemployment, bankruptcy and corruption are eroding wealth and ruining lives.

    I also love my country. However it handle the boom better that yours. We were told we squandered the boom and yet we are still growing.

    Blind love didn't help your country Brazileiro. You are partly to blame for this recession.

    Congratulations.

    Aug 30th, 2015 - 09:25 pm 0
  • Tik Tok

    Yes congratulations to socialism - it never works, only creates braindead idiots like Brasileiro who suck off the teat of society until it breaks down, even then they won't admit the farce.

    Aug 31st, 2015 - 03:26 am 0
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