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Brazil on the ledge of recession as activity drops sharply in June

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 11:59 UTC
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World Cup football tournament shut down shops and factories across the country World Cup football tournament shut down shops and factories across the country

Economic activity in Brazil dropped sharply in June as the World Cup football tournament shut down shops and factories across the country, adding to signs Latin America's largest economy slipped into recession.

 The Brazilian central bank's IBC-Br economic activity index fell 1.48% in June from May in seasonally adjusted terms, the bank said on Friday. It was the fifth monthly decline in a row and the worst since May 2013. The slowdown was worse than the median estimate of a 1.3%drop.

As a result, economic activity fell 1.2% in the second quarter from the first period, versus a decline of 0.02% in the prior three months.

However the index, a gauge of activity in the farming, industrial and services sectors, has proven to be an imperfect barometer of gross domestic product data compiled by statistics agency IBGE, which is considered the official measure of economic growth.

Second-quarter GDP data will be released on Aug. 29. While initial data showed GDP rose 0.2% in the first quarter, many economists believe the result could be revised lower.

Central bank figures were revised lower on Friday to a drop of 0.80% in May, versus a prior 0.18% decline. Without seasonal adjustments, the economic index dropped 2.15% in June from the same month a year ago.

Quarter two-on-quarter two, the decline was 1.54%, according to non-seasonally adjusted data, since equal periods are being compared.

Categories: Economy, Brazil.

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  • chronic

    Yup. The Merco block is going to dominate the western hemisphere. How is that Marxism workin out for you? Have you seen the favellas in the U.S.? Oh, wait. There is nothing even remotely like that north of Mexico!

    Aug 16th, 2014 - 12:10 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    Fully expected this, bit of an irrelevance really.

    What about July and August though? We’ll have to wait and see!

    Aug 16th, 2014 - 04:38 pm 0
  • Briton

    Is this Avatar part two “”

    Aug 16th, 2014 - 06:38 pm 0
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