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Brazil Industry Shows Little Sign of Recovery

Brazil Industry Shows Little Sign of RecoveryBrazil Industry Shows Little Sign of Recovery

Industrial output in Brazil fell more than expected in October as capital goods production slipped for a fourth straight month, in a sign of weakened appetite for investment amid a recession, government data showed on Friday.

Total industrial production fell 1.1% in October from September after seasonal adjustments, erasing the 0.5% increase seen in the previous month, government statistics agency IBGE said, Reuters reported. 

The October industrial contraction suggests Brazil’s economy continued to slip further into recession in the beginning of the fourth quarter, raising concerns that the country’s worst downturn in at least eight decades could stretch into 2017.

“This was one of the first data points about the fourth quarter and it was not encouraging,” wrote Jose Francisco Goncalves, chief economist of Banco Fator, in a research note.

Economists in a Reuters poll forecast a decline of 0.8%, according to the median of 20 estimates.

Production in October retreated 7.3% from a year earlier, down from a 4.8% drop in September. Output fell in 20 of the 24 industrial activities covered by the IBGE survey, including automobiles and food processing. Capital goods production fell 2.2%.

A purchasing managers’ survey on Thursday showed no signs of an industrial rebound in November as the sharp currency drop that followed the election of Donald Trump to the White House raised costs for manufacturers. 

Brazil’s economy is expected to shrink more than 3% for a second straight year in 2016, leaving more than 12 million unemployed. Banks and government officials have cut their forecasts for economic growth in 2017 to around 1%.

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