Brazil Consumer Confidence


Consumer confidence retreats in December

In December, the consumer confidence index published by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV, Fundacao Getulio Vargas) fell a seasonally-adjusted 1.2% over the previous month, which contrasted the 1.0% increase registered in November. The index decreased to 111.5 points. December's result reflects that households' assessments of the current economic situation are more negative and that they have lower expectations for the future of the economy.

The FGV confidence index range spans from 1 to 200 points, where 100 points is considered neutral. Despite December's drop, consumer confidence remains above the 100-point threshold, which suggests sustained growth in private consumption going forward.

LatinFocus Consensus Forecast participants expect private consumption to expand 2.3% in 2014, which is unchanged from last month's forecast. For 2015, panelists expect private consumption to increase 2.6%.

Author:, Economist

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Brazil Consumer Confidence December 2013

Note: Index of consumer sentiment (seasonally adjusted). The 100-point threshold represents the point above which consumers expect economic conditions to improve.
Source: Getulio Vargas Foundation.

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