10 May 2012Download report
Our monthly consumer survey shows that optimism about the performance of the economy has risen as has the proportion of respondents reporting income rises, but many remain concerned about jobs and have reined in their spending.
The $11bn fine levied at Chevron for the Frade oil spill was excessive – and is unlikely to be applied. But it has spurred talks on a new contingency plan that could see oil companies spending more on safety.
News that consortia might be widened to bring on more experienced players prompted fears over delays and judicial appeals, but legal challenges could be avoided by application of government soft power and the hire of consultants.
A hydroelectric construction boom is winding down, but the Amazonian state is now better connected to the Pacific. Part of our state-by-state private equity research.
A round-up of M&A activity including the energy, construction and healthcare sectors.
Bulls and Bears
Abundant resources and agriculture are fuelling northern Brazil's growth but it needs to cut red tape.