In March, the current account balance incurred a deficit of USD 3.3 billion, which was larger than the USD 1.7 billion shortfall registered in February. The result, however, came short of market expectations, which had the current account deficit widening to USD 4.0 billion. The March print was mainly influenced by a deterioration in the services and income account, which dropped from a deficit of USD 3.6 billion in February to a shortfall of USD 5.6 billion in March. In addition, the trade balance remained in the black, with the surplus rising from USD 1.7 billion in February to USD 2.0 billion in March. The moving 12-month current account deficit narrowed from USD 52.2 billion in February to USD 49.8 billion in March (approximately 2.0% of GDP).
Brazil Current Account
Current account gap widens in March
April 24, 2012
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Brazil Current Account Chart
Note: Monthly and 12-month current account balance in USD billion.
Source: Central Bank of Brazil (BCB) and FocusEconomics calculations.
Brazil Economic News
October 19, 2016
At its 19 October meeting, the Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (COPOM, Comite de Politica Monetaria) decided to cut the benchmark SELIC interest rate for the first time in four years, lowering it from 14.25% to 14.00%.
October 18, 2016
Retail sales (excluding cars and construction) fell 0.6% in August from the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms.
October 7, 2016
Consumer prices in September increased 0.08% over the previous month, the lowest rise since July 2014.
October 4, 2016
In August, industrial production plunged 3.8% over the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms, which significantly contrasted the 0.1% expansion recorded in July and marked the worst result since January 2012.
October 3, 2016
The Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose slightly in September, increasing from August’s 45.7 to 46.0.