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Brazil industry production unexpectedly stalls in August

Thursday, October 3rd 2013 - 21:46 UTC
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President Rousseff has been trying to reactivate the manufacturing sector  President Rousseff has been trying to reactivate the manufacturing sector

Brazilian industry production unexpectedly stalled in August, as factories reduced the output of consumer goods. Industrial output was unchanged in August after tumbling a revised 2.4% in July, the national statistics agency said in Rio de Janeiro.

Production fell 1.2% from a before, a greater drop than the 0.6% contraction predicted by economists, and down from a revised 1.7% jump in July.

President Dilma Rousseff has sought to reactivate the nation’s manufacturing sector with tax breaks for producers and consumers. With government revenue flagging and growth showing signs of improvement, Rousseff has begun rolling back some of those incentives.

New investments in production will face borrowing costs that policy makers have boosted this year by more than any major economy in order to tamp inflation.

The Real strengthened 0.1% to 2.2139 per US dollar.

Industrial production rose in 15 of the 27 sectors monitored in August but consumer goods output fell 0.6%.

Economists in the central bank’s most recent weekly survey raised their 2013 inflation forecast to 5.82% and held their growth forecast at 2.4%. The economists foresee the exchange rate at 2.3 Reais per dollar at year-end.

Brazil’s central bank has raised its benchmark Selic rate rate in four straight meetings, to 9%, up from a record-low 7.25% in April. Inflation decelerated to 5.93% in the year through mid-September. While that’s the first time all year it has fallen below 6%, it remains closer to the ceiling than the centre of the bank’s target range. Policy makers target 4.5% plus or minus two percentage points.

Brazil’s use of manufacturing capacity in July fell to 82.2%, its lowest level since September 2012, according to the National Industry Confederation. Industrial confidence in August and September rebounded from a four-year low in July.
 

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  • ChrisR

    I have given up trying to figure ANY logic in the economy of Brazil.

    The liar Mantega stopped any chance of me investing there so WTF?

    Oct 04th, 2013 - 09:27 pm 0
  • Gonzo22

    #1 is not investing in Brazil, is game over for you Brazil.

    Oct 05th, 2013 - 12:05 am 0
  • ChrisR

    2 Gonzo22

    As usual you miss the points:

    1) I am not alone in taking this decision including investors who can take the minimum USD 50M slice of the issues of sovereign debt;

    2) I am not investing in The Dark Country either, but there again, apart from the Chin who are allegedly GOING to “invest” aka buy your arses, who would?

    It must be so nice to be as stupid as you Peronistas: just do as you are told, don’t (can’t) think and tuck into your choripan and coke. Oh, just thought what the end game of this will be: YOU ARE ALL GOING BROKE – AGAIN AND AGAIN, etc.

    Oct 05th, 2013 - 12:14 pm 0
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