The Economist Intelligence Unit is predicting that in 2011 Brazil would move ahead of Italy into seventh place in the ranking of the largest world economies with a GDP of 2 trillion US dollars.
Brazil’s central bank kept its benchmark overnight rate unchanged Wednesday as policy makers gauge whether a peak in inflation is temporary. The policy committee, led by bank President Henrique Meirelles in a unanimous decision, left the rate at 10.75% for a second straight meeting.
Brazil’s Lula da Silva said that the G-20 group must address the issue of the “currencies war” in direct reference to the forced depreciation by some rich countries of their currencies which negatively affects the competitiveness of its trade partners, particularly in the developing world.
The Brazilian ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff has widened her lead ahead of a presidential runoff vote on October 31, a poll showed, suggesting her campaign may be back on pace after a rough two weeks in which she appeared to be back-pedalling
Italy's Fiat will invest 10 billion Reais (USD 6 billion) in Brazil by 2015 in operations that include production of cars, auto parts and agricultural machinery.
Economists in a weekly central bank survey raised for a fifth straight week their forecasts for Brazil's benchmark inflation index in 2010 and 2011, underscoring concerns that growth in the economy will raise consumer prices in the months ahead, the bank said.
Brazil’s Vale Rio Doce, the world’s biggest iron- ore miner, said it is not planning any more acquisitions because it has enough assets to double its capacity.
Brazil increased taxes on foreign investments in fixed-income securities for the second time in a month and Finance Minister Guido Mantega said countries trying to defend exports must end the “currency war.”
This year Brazil has emerged as Chile's largest trading partner in South America and one of the most important destinations for Chile's investment. Overall, trade between Brazil and Chile has grown 66%, while Brazil replaced Colombia as second highest location for Chilean Investment.
Brazil’s Green Party decided Sunday to remain independent in the presidential runoff election on October 31.
The third-place finisher in the first round, Marina Silva said she would not support either Dilma Rousseff, a former cabinet chief, or the opposition candidate, José Serra, a former governor of São Paulo.