Brazil Economy Chief Sees Recession Ending After Activity Jump

Brazil is emerging from a recession caused by the coronavirus, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said on Friday hours after the publication of a closely-watched indicator showing activity surged in the third quarter.

The Brazilian economy is benefiting from a new policy mix of low interest rates and a weaker currency, boosting domestic demand and exports, Guedes said during a webcast. Earlier, the central bank reported that its economic activity index, considered a proxy for gross domestic product, rose 9.47% in the July-September period compared to the previous three months.

Brazil Economy Chief Sees Recession Ending After Activity Jump

Latin America’s largest economy is faring better than its neighbors amid unprecedented monetary stimulus and billions of dollars in emergency spending. A closer look shows retail sales outperforming as government stipends for informal workers support purchases of basic goods, while the services sector is still lagging. Going forward, consumer demand may wane amid faster inflation and a reduction in aid.

Read more: Covid Cash Reduction Weighs on Brazil’s Retail Recovery

What Bloomberg Economics Says

“Brazilian economic activity closed the third quarter with a very positive performance. However, the slow recovery in services kept the overall level of activity below both pre-pandemic and year-ago levels.

--Adriana Dupita, Latin America economist

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In September, the central bank index rose 1.29% from the month prior, above the median estimate for a 1% gain from analysts in a Bloomberg survey.

Brazil doesn’t want an overvalued currency, Guedes said on Friday, adding that the real will strengthen once the country attracts more investments. He added that Brazil is open to deepening trade relations with the U.S.

Brazil Economy Chief Sees Recession Ending After Activity Jump

The national statistics agency will publish official third-quarter GDP figures on Dec. 3. The economy contracted by 9.7% in the second quarter compared to the first three months of the year and 11.4% from a year prior.

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