30 August 2012Download report
The trend of small rises continued in August, although overall confidence is still much lower than it was earlier in the year.
The lack of silos restricts grain producers’ room for manoeuvre, but an investment surge is unlikely.
A fragmented market offers opportunities for national and global players, but the informal sector provides strong competition.
A move towards higher-end consumers seems to be paying off.
The Mato Grosso-based chain has stolen a march in the centre-west.
Small players are becoming more sophisticated, but the space for a national chain exists.
Both Netshoes, a mass-market portal for sports brands, and S2G, a service-provider for boutiques, show that discounting is not a necessary agreement of online success.
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Local commentators debate whether a new infrastructure plan will avoid the problems of the PAC.
The head of the FAO insists that current high prices do not mean a return to 2008.
Ahead of fresh announcements, local media reports Dilma Rousseff's dissatisfaction with the last set of airport privatisations.