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Brazil / Economy

With Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's approval ratings having declined significantly in recent weeks following the outbreak of widespread protests in June, there has been increasing media speculation that former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva might replace Rousseff as the ruling Partido dos Trabalhadores' presidential candidate in 2014. Indeed, a recent poll... 2013-07-26


Brazil / Economy

Brazilian unemployment ticked up to 6.0% in May, reaching the highest level since April 2012. While the jobless rate generally trends higher into Q2 before falling in the latter half... 2013-07-26


Brazil / Economy

Brazil's foreign reserves contracted by 1.2% year-on-year in June, marking the first such contraction since May 2009. This comes as the central bank has intervened to support the real... 2013-07-25


Country Risk Rating

Brazil

With Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's approval ratings having declined significantly in recent weeks following the outbreak of widespread protests in June, there has been increasing... 2013-07-26


Brazil

Brazil's Short-Term Political Risk Rating remains steady at 69.6 out of 100 this month, after falling from 70.8 in June. This followed a downward revision to the 'Public unrest' sub-component... 2013-07-25


Brazil

Nine people were reported dead following a police operation in one of Rio de Janeiro's favelas in late June. Media sources stated that while police claimed they intervened only after... 2013-06-28


Brazil

Following the outbreak of widespread protests in mid-June, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has announced a number of proposed reforms in order to assuage demonstrators' concerns.... 2013-06-21

Economy

Brazil

Brazilian unemployment ticked up to 6.0% in May, reaching the highest level since April 2012. While the jobless rate generally trends higher into Q2 before falling in the latter half... 2013-07-26


Brazil

Brazil's foreign reserves contracted by 1.2% year-on-year in June, marking the first such contraction since May 2009. This comes as the central bank has intervened to support the real... 2013-07-25


Brazil

Following weak readings in February and March, Brazil's seasonally-adjusted industrial production index posted 3.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in April. This brings average growth... 2013-06-28


Brazil

Brazil's current account balance has suffered in the year-to-date on the back of weak exports and moderate imports, and we expect this trend to continue in the coming months. Indeed,... 2013-06-28

Political Risk

Brazil

A recent cabinet reshuffle highlights that President Dilma Rousseff is beginning to shore up political alliances in advance of her re-election bid in 2014. While the both Partido Socialista... 2013-03-22


Brazil

BMI View: Brazil's ruling Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT)'s chances of winning the important Sao Paulo mayoral election in October 2012 have diminished substantially following a recent... 2012-04-11


Brazil

BMI View: How Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff handles the combined challenges of a crumbling coalition, deteriorating economic outlook and fallout from ever-widening corruption... 2011-07-14


Brazil

BMI View: Both at home and externally new Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is strengthening her leadership credentials, with the government winning its first major legislative... 2011-03-01

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