Brazil

Brazil
Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 04:05 UTC

Web-campaign to impeach Rousseff gains ground with 2million e-petitions

Polls show 44% of Brazilians say Rousseff is doing a “bad” or “very bad” job, while 77% of interviews believe Rousseff was aware of Petrobras corruption.

Calls are growing in Brazil to impeach President Dilma Rousseff over a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal involving the state-run oil giant Petrobras. While the country celebrates its annual Carnival, with the 2015 Samba Competition wrapping up in Rio de Janeiro, there has been a growing clamor on the web and in the streets, with millions of Brazilians asking for the impeachment of their president.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 03:56 UTC

Brazil's corn and soybean crops flattening out influenced by climate conditions

Conab said that the forecast of a “slight reduction” in safrinha corn sowings reflected the knock-on effects of the delayed soybean sowing season

Brazil's sowings of safrinha corn are to fall for the first time in seven years, Conab (National Supply Co.) said, cutting its forecast for the country's overall production of the grain, and lowering hopes for the soybean harvest too.

Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 05:13 UTC

Brazil and Argentina agree accords signed with China will not affect Mercosur

Vieira and his Argentine counterpart Timerman during the recent visit to Buenos Aires

Brazilian foreign minister Mauro Vieira discarded that the recent agreements reached by Argentina with China can interfere with Mercosur, while his Argentine counterpart Hector Timerman said that the package of accords with Beijing will “actually benefit Mercosur”.

Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 05:09 UTC

Rolls-Royce allegedly caught in the Petrobras bribery scandal

Court documents show that Pedro Barusco, a Petrobras informants, received at least $200,000 in bribes from RR which makes gas turbines for Petrobras rigs

Rolls-Royce has said it does not “tolerate improper business” after the Financial Times reported that the firm had been accused of being caught up in a bribery scandal in Brazil. Ft reported allegations that the company paid bribes for a contract with Brazilian oil firm Petrobras.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:51 UTC

Germany urges Brazil with an EU/Mercosur trade agreement

President Rousseff and minister Steinmeier after their meeting in Brasilia

Germany wants to speed negotiations for a free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, said Foreign minister Walter Steinmeier in Brasilia. The agreement has been pending since 1999 when discussions started but so far have been unable to reach a deal or commit a date because of internal problems from both sides.

Friday, February 13th 2015 - 09:13 UTC

Snail growth in Brazil's 2014 retail sales anticipate a very tough 2015

On news of retail sales the Real plunged to a ten-year low but on Thursday recovered some of the lost ground. However in six months the Real is down 19%

Retail sales in Brazil increased 2.2% in 2014 over the previous year, the smallest expansion in 11 years, the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics, or IBGE, reported this week. The sector suffered its worst year since 2003 when sales tumbled 3.7%. In 2013, retail sales grew 4.3%.

Friday, February 13th 2015 - 04:13 UTC

Brazilian congress ignores Rousseff's call for spending cuts

The bill forces Rousseff to get congressional approval before cutting spending items added to the national budget by lawmakers for projects in their districts

Brazil's Congress passed legislation on Tuesday that limits the president's ability to reduce pork-barrel spending passed by lawmakers, a setback for President Dilma Rousseff's efforts to fight a fiscal deficit.

Thursday, February 12th 2015 - 20:57 UTC

Argentina and Brazil admit trade disagreements between Mercosur main partners

Timerman acknowledged trade between the two countries needs some “fine-tuning”, but for Argentina Brazil is its “most strategic partner.”

Argentina and Brazil failed to reach an agreement to help unlock the ongoing tension between the two key Mercosur allies over bilateral trade. Argentina's Hector Timerman and his counterpart Mauro Vieira met in Buenos Aires to try and ease Brazil’s growing concerns about restrictions on the flow of goods, but any decisions were pushed forward to an undetermined date.

Thursday, February 12th 2015 - 05:55 UTC

Petrobras CEO says he has 'full autonomy' in fuel-price policy and cash flow

Bendine said no decision had been taken on whether Petrobras will book 88.6 billion Reais (31 billion) of potential asset write-downs in its unaudited 3Q

The new chief executive officer of Brazil's Petrobras said that he has full autonomy to dictate its own fuel-pricing policy and protect cash, even as he questioned the size of losses stemming from a giant corruption scandal.

Thursday, February 12th 2015 - 05:45 UTC

Petrobras has trouble finding an independent chairman of the board

Barbosa's name for chairman of the board comes after Finance minister Joaquim Levy resisted taking the post

Petrobras plans to publish its delayed audited fourth-quarter results by the end of March, something it needs to do to avoid possible early repayment of its bonds, the Globo newspaper said on Wednesday. Globo also published that the Brazilian government was considering appointing Planning minister Nelson Barbosa as chairman of the oil giant.

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