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Brazil becomes sixth world economy, overtaking UK by the end of 2011

Monday, October 31st 2011 - 03:11 UTC
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The report is based on data from IMF, the EIU and BMI The report is based on data from IMF, the EIU and BMI

At the end of the current year Brazil’s GDP will rank sixth in the world and for the first time ahead of Britain’s GDP, according to the Sao Paulo media based on reports from IMF and private consultants.

Although Brazil’s GDP is only expected to grow 3.5% in 2011, less than originally expected by the government last January, it will total 2.44 trillion US dollars compared to the 2.41 from the UK.

The report was published by Folha de Sao Paulo based on IMF data and the EIU, Economist Intelligence Unit and BMI, Business Monitor International.

“The fact that the Brazilian economy is overtaking that of the developed countries reflects the effects of the access of large segments of the poor population into the middle class and the consumer market”, said Robert Wood, a US analyst.

If the growth tendency in Brazil is confirmed in the coming years it is possible that it can overtake all European countries, including Germany by 2020, adds the report published by Folha de Sao Paulo.

With its advance in the global economic stage “Brazil tends to have a greater voice in international forums and it is equally important it prepares to adequately assume such a role”, said Rogelio Sobreira economist from the Brazilian Foundation and think tank Getulio Vargas.


Categories: Economy, Brazil.

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  • lsolde

    So it ought to be.
    Brazil has:-
    1) More people
    2) More resources
    3) Much bigger in size
    4) More water & hydro-power
    Why haven't they been bigger before this?

    Oct 31st, 2011 - 10:00 am 0
  • GeoffWard2

    you know why not.

    Brasil is a country populated by 'Mr. 10%'.

    10% depression in growth capability, compounded over the industrial/development history of the country, means that, against other similar competitors like South Korea, it may never 'get there' as a country, though developed enclaves will exist. It will not be alone in never getting there as a nation.

    Forgetit will fill in the details for us - with probably quite a different take on the matter ;-)

    Oct 31st, 2011 - 10:55 am 0
  • Room101

    Balloons always look impressive to begin with, but as it gets bigger and bigger...But there are others in that situation too.

    Oct 31st, 2011 - 11:38 am 0
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