Brazil Economic Activity March 2020


Brazil: Economic activity contracts at sharpest pace on record in March

May 15, 2020

Economic activity declined 5.9% month-on-month in seasonally-adjusted terms in March (February: +0.4% mom) as social distancing measures implemented to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic hit activity. March's reading marked the worst print since current records began in January 2003, yet it was slightly better than market expectations of a 7.0% fall.

On an annual basis, economic activity fell 1.5% in March (February: +0.6% mom). The reading marked the worst result since June 2019. Meanwhile, annual average growth was steady at February's 0.7% in March.

LatinFocus Consensus Forecast panelists are assessing the latest developments and a new Consensus Forecast will be available from 19 May.

Author:, Economist

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Note: Month-on-month changes of seasonally adjusted IBC-Br (Indice de Atividade Economica do Banco Central) and annual average growth rate in %.
Source: Central Bank of Brazil.

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