Only a week ago, President Jair Bolsonaro said Brazil was “broke” and the latest Treasury numbers have come close to backing the statement. Last year the country reported a record primary budget deficit of 743.1 billion reais (US$138 billion), a record 10% of GDP.
Argentina's 2020 budget primary deficit reached 6,5% of GDP, according to a release from the Economy ministry, while the overall deficit was equivalent to 8,5% of GDP, given the massive support to the government to address the pandemic a recession.
Brazil's finances continued to deteriorate in July as the COVID-19 crisis pushed the public sector debt and deficit as a share of the economy to new records, official figures showed on Monday, although not as bad as economists had feared.
Brazil’s central government’s primary budget deficit narrowed in March thanks to aggressive cuts in discretionary spending, the Treasury said on Monday, although it warned that public finances were still at risk from pension commitments and weak revenues.
Argentina's economic activity fell 2.6% in 2018 versus the previous year, government statistics agency Indec said on Wednesday, underscoring the turmoil that dragged the country into recession last year.
Argentina's primary deficit fell to 1.1% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) between January and September this year, compared to 2.1% over the same period in 2017, the Finance Ministry announced on Monday.
The US current account deficit rose 6.3% to $119.3bn in the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department has said. Strong exports of cars, computers and machinery were offset by imports, particularly of more expensive oil.
The George Bush administration's misguided policies are to blame for huge US budget deficits, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner charged as he sought to build an election-year case for ending tax cuts for the wealthiest US citizens.
US trade deficit widened to its highest level in 18 months in May, driven by demand for imported cars, computers and clothing. The deficit increased by 4.8% to 42.3 billion US dollars, the largest since November 2008, Commerce Department data showed.
Portugal has become the latest country to introduce austerity measures, after both Greece and Spain took similar steps to stabilize public finances in the face of massive debt.