Purchase real estate prices all over Brazil have fallen a combined 3.47% in real prices the first months of 2015 according to the Fipe-Zap index. The index collected real estate prices in twenty Brazilian cities and measured them against inflation, registering monthly price rises below inflation for the sixth time in a row.
Brazil's industrial production has dropped 4.7% in the last twelve months after slipping in March by 0.8% amid a sharp downturn in the country's economy, official figures showed Wednesday.
Uruguay's economy is strong enough to navigate in a challenging global and regional environment in which the U.S. dollar is strong and inflation is starting to rise, Uruguayan Central Bank, (BCU), chairman Mario Bergara said during a conference in Montevideo where he discussed the central bank's mission in the current world environment.
For a third year in a row the United States will be the top wheat supplier for Brazil, displacing Argentina from its historic position, according to the latest release from Brazilian consultancy Trigo & Farinhas. This piece of information is significant given the world prices for grains and wheat planting prospects in South America.
Itaú Unibanco Holding SA, one of Brazil's strongest and leading banking groups is provisioning more for loan losses and curbing loan book growth in a bet that careful risk management will help the bank navigate the country's steepest recession in over two decades.
Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa called on Mercosur to overcome hollow rhetoric and advance towards the elimination of barriers which restrict access to other markets and intra-region trade.
Chile's economy grew at a modest pace in March, as a gradual rebound was weighed down by devastating floods and mudslides in its northern region, central bank data showed on Tuesday. The IMACEC economic activity index, which encompasses about 90% of the economy tallied in GDP figures, rose 1.6% in March from the same month a year ago.
Paraguay's foreign affairs minister Eladio Loizaga admitted in Madrid that Mercosur could consider the possibility of a two-speed system in trade and cooperation negotiations with the European Union. The minister was the main speaker at the event organized by Casa de America and the Spanish government news agency EFE.
Bilateral trade between Mercosur main partners Argentina and Brazil, has stalled at an annual 30bn dollars during the last six years (2008/2014), with no prospects of a recovery during 2015, according to Finsoport consultants from Buenos Aires.
The government of the British Overseas Territory St Helena has given an update on the construction of the airport which is expected to become operational sometime in 2016, and which continues according to original plans.