Economic forecasts for 2012 in Brazil predict growth rates at less than half of 2010. But the country is still the world's seventh largest economy and is expected to be fourth by 2025. It has found new reserves of oil and remains optimistic with growth greater than most European countries.

BRAZIL’S economy screeched to a halt in the third quarter of 2011 in a break from steady upward growth. Now the government has reduced its growth forecast for 2012 and cut interest rates.

Most industries posted losses and growth forecasts have been downgraded.

The sudden slowing of the economy represents a turnaround for government...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
The sudden slowing of the economy represents a turnaround for government economic policy
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