RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The poorest half of the population, nearly 104 million Brazilians, lived on only R$413 (US$103,25) per month, considering all sources of income.

At the other end, the wealthiest one percent - only 2.1 million people - had an average monthly income of R$ 16,297 per person. In other words, this small, wealthier portion of the population earned almost 40 times more than half the base of the population pyramid.

Throughout Brazil, 10.4 million people (five percent of the population) survive on an average of R$51 per month. If we consider the . . .

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