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By William Jones, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On the day before Carnival 2014 officially kicks off, the Brazil received good news: the country's economy officially grew by 2.3 percent in 2013. This is according to figures from the end of the fourth quarter, which showed GDP (all goods and services produced in the country) was up 0.7 percent from the previous three months.

The percentage growth - recorded by the IBGE (Brazil's Institute . . .

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