Brazilian authorities targeted Maersk and other companies for allegedly paying bribes to get an edge in securing shipping contracts with Petrobras. Federal prosecutors said that Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, was involved in allegedly paying $3.4 million in bribes related to 11 shipping contracts with Petrobras, worth 592 million reais ($141.07 million).
A Brazilian congressional committee on Tuesday approved the government’s budget for next year, with the bill based on projected 2.32% GDP growth in 2020 to be put to a vote in a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. The government projections contained in the budget proposal see inflation at 3.52% for next year, the benchmark Selic interest target at 4.40% and an average exchange rate of 4 reais to the dollar.
Scepticism on Brazil’s economic recovery have pushed foreigners to withdraw from Brazilian equities at a record pace this year. Foreign investors have already retired R$15.2 billion ($3.7 billion) from stock markets, said a report of the Financial Times based on data from the Sao Paulo Stock exchange.