Inflation Finally Slows Down Slightly in Brazil in April

Inflation Finally Slows Down Slightly in Brazil in April

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazil IPCA (Consumer Price Index) rose by 0.71 percent in April, according to the IBGE (Brazilian Statistics Bureau) registering the lowest monthly rate this year. In March the IPCA registered an increase of 1.32 percent while in April of 2014 the rate had been […]

Unemployment in Brazil Increases in 1st Quarter of 2015

Unemployment in Brazil Increases in 1st Quarter of 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The unemployment rate in Brazil during the first quarter of 2015 rose to 7.9 percent from the 6.5 percent registered during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the IBGE (Brazilian Statistical Institute) through its quarterly National Household Survey (Continuous PNAD). The rate is the […]

Opinion: The Anti-Schwag Brazilian Plastic Law

Opinion: The Anti-Schwag Brazilian Plastic Law

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – If you thought supermarkets would be giving away schwag forever, you might be a little dazed and confused to find out that the city of São Paulo has implemented a new law that bans the free-giveaway of the traditional petroleum-based, plastic bags in its commercial establishments. […]

Brazil Shown to Be Largest Global Consumer of Pesticides

Brazil Shown to Be Largest Global Consumer of Pesticides

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The use of pesticides in Brazil grew by more than 162 percent from 2000 to 2012, according to the latest report by the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (ABRASCO), making the country the number one consumer of pesticides in the world. According to the entity, […]

Annual Flu Vaccination Campaign Starts in Brazil

Annual Flu Vaccination Campaign Starts in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Public health clinics across Brazil start administering flu vaccines on Monday, May 4th, during the government’s annual Flu Vaccination Campaign. According to the Ministry of Health the government hopes to immunize at least 39.7 million people until the campaign ends at May 22nd, reaching eighty […]

No Relief Seen for Brazil’s Economic Indicators in 2015

No Relief Seen for Brazil’s Economic Indicators in 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The latest forecasts by economic analysts and investors show further deterioration in the Brazilian economy this year. According to the latest Focus Bulletin, released by the country’s Central Bank with the forecasts by market analysts from a hundred consultancies, estimates show an increase in annual […]

Brazil’s President Rousseff on Social Media For Workers’ Day

Brazil’s President Rousseff on Social Media For Workers’ Day

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Shunning away from the traditional speech always given on national TV on International Workers’ Day, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff announced this year she would be speaking to the population through social media on May 1st. Through her Facebook account, Brazil’s President wrote of the accomplishments […]

Lava Jato Scheme Affects Brazil’s Ship-Building Industry

Lava Jato Scheme Affects Brazil’s Ship-Building Industry

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The impacts of the billion-dollar corruption scheme involving Brazil’s oil giant Petrobras and disclosed by the country’s Federal Police in 2014 have reached to the country’s ship building industry. According to officials at the Brazilian Naval Construction and Repair Industry and Offshore Union (Sinaval), the […]

Brazil Unemployment Rate Increases While Wages Fall

Brazil Unemployment Rate Increases While Wages Fall

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With increasing inflation and decreasing industrial production, Brazil’s government has yet another negative economic indicator to worry about: the labor market. According to the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) Brazil’s unemployment rate increased in March, going from 5.9 percent in February to 6.2 […]

Holidays Cost Brazil Businesses Billions in Revenues

Holidays Cost Brazil Businesses Billions in Revenues

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While holidays during the workweek are applauded by many who look forward to a short workweek and a chance to travel or just relax at home, for Brazil’s economy the eleven national holidays in this year’s calendar will likely cause significant financial losses for the […]