Brazil Business Confidence December 2017

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Brazil: Business confidence rises in December

January 2, 2018

Business sentiment in Brazil continued to climb in December, as it recovers from the lows of mid-2015. The Getulio Vargas Foundation’s (FGV, Fundaçao Getúlio Vargas) business confidence index increased a seasonally-adjusted 1.3% from the previous month, rising to 99.6 points from 98.3 points in November. Nevertheless, the index remains below the 100-point threshold that separates pessimism from optimism among businesses.

According to FGV, the rise was driven by firms’ less pessimistic outlooks for the current and future economic situations.

Panelists surveyed for this month’s LatinFocus report see fixed investment rising 4.5% in 2018, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2019, panelists expect fixed investment to grow 6.1%.


Author: Angela Bouzanis, Senior Economist

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


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