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Brazil's experiences the worst January trade balance in years: 4.06bn deficit

Tuesday, February 4th 2014 - 08:39 UTC
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Central bank estimates that this year's surplus will be in the range of 10bn dollars Central bank estimates that this year's surplus will be in the range of 10bn dollars

Brazil's balance of trade began 2014 with disappointing results, after closing January with a deficit of 4.06 billion dollars, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Industry, Development and Foreign Trade. Exports totaled 16.02bn dollars, while imports reached 20.08bn.

 January confirms the poor tendency of last year which ended with a trade surplus of 2.561bn dollars, the lowest in more than a decade and a fall of almost 87% compared to the 19.44bn surplus of 2012.

The government attributed the erosion of the trade surplus to maintenance works on petroleum platforms, that have reduced Brazilian crude oil production and forced the country to increase fuel imports in order to meet domestic demand. Likewise the lack of sufficient refining capacity has forced Petrobras to massive imports.

However the central bank is confident that Brazil's foreign trade will recover this year, with a surplus of 10bn dollars. But market analysts are not so sure since global economic growth is sluggish, commodities prices are declining while record low unemployment boosts demand for consumer goods.

Imports of consumer goods rose 8.8% in January from a year earlier, and imports of capital equipment rose 7.1%, the two biggest increases in the first month of the year.

In related news Brazil's manufacturing activity expanded slightly for the second straight month in January as new orders increased at the fastest pace in almost a year, the HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index showed.

According to the index Brazilian manufacturing sector rose to a seasonally adjusted 50.8 in January from 50.5 in December. The 50 mark separates contraction from expansion. New orders jumped to 52.4 from 50.7 in the previous month, marking the fastest rate of expansion since February 2013 as businesses reported strengthening demand.

Output expanded for the fifth straight month, the survey showed, though at the slowest pace since September. Consumer goods posted an improvement in new orders, output, employment and export business. In the capital goods segment, however, business conditions continued to decline.

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  • ChrisR

    YES! Keep making a bollocks of it Dilma, you had the chance to ditch The Liar Mantega and you defended him!

    Bit like when you were the “Leader” of the cell that killed the American Officer in front of his wife and family “but you knew nothing about it”. So you are STILL incompetent then?

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 04:15 pm 0
  • El Diego

    Do you have any proof for that accusation or is this just another one of your wild BS rantings?

    I suspect the latter

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:21 am 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2
    “Do you have any proof for that accusation or is this just another one of your wild BS ranting(s)?”

    I do not do BS, I do not lie either, except to my wife when she asks “does my bum look big in this?”

    You can suspect what you like since it is clear you do not know the history of Brazil.

    This despicable act of Dilma’s cell has been available on various sites of the internet for at least three years, which is how long I have lived in Uruguay and began deeper research into all the local “players”.

    I suggest you do your own research and then apologise to me.

    But we will see.

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 10:16 am 0
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