The Brazilian unit of France’s Carrefour SA has agreed to buy 30 stores and 14 gas stations in 17 states from rival retailer Makro’s Brazilian subsidiary for 1.95 billion reais ($453.69 million), the French retailer said in a securities filing on Sunday. The stores will be integrated into the cash & carry Atacadão chain. Makro will continue to operate in Brazil but with only 24 stores in the country’s richest state, Sao Paulo.
A Brazilian Minas Girais state judge has accepted charges of homicide against Vale SA former Chief Executive Fabio Schvartsman and 15 others related to the disaster at the iron ore miner’s Brumadinho tailings dam a year ago that killed 270 people. Prosecutors allege Vale, Brazil’s largest mining company, and German inspection firm TÜV SÜD systematically and intentionally hid information about safety issues at its tailings dams for years.
A thermoelectric power plant fed by pig excrement is providing electricity to 62 of the 71 public buildings of Entre Rios do Oeste, a town in southern state of Paraná. Pig excrement had become an environmental threat, but the installation in 2006 of a biodigester, an airtight container […]
The General Price Index-10 (IGP-10) had a positive change of 0.01% in February, after increasing 1.07% in January, according to data released today by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). With this result, the index accumulated an increase of 1.08% in the year and 7.39% in 12 months. In February 2019, the index had registered an increase of 0.40% in the month and an increase of 6.98% in 12 months.
Opposition lawmakers called on Brazil’s Congress to reject a proposal by President Jair Bolsonaro to open indigenous reservations to commercial mining, saying it will endanger 200 tribes protected over decades by indigenous rights. Brazil has the largest number of isolated and uncontacted indigenous groups, 114 of the 185 known to exist in South America, said expert Antenor Vaz, who warned of the risk of ethnocide.
Banco do Brasil expects to post a return on equity above 18% this year and a net income between R$18.5bn and R$20.5bn after reporting Q4 profit rose by a fifth to R$4.62bn ($1.06bn). CEO Rubem Novaes, who has pushed unsuccessfully to privatise the entire bank, said that the lender will likely raise “billions of reais” from the sale of at least 51% of the lender asset management unit.
The Brazilian Senate has chosen to keep the veto on bill 8322/14 that grants a tax exemption for solar equipment imports. The government argued that the exemption could decrease the Federal revenue as it did not present compensation measures which is mandatory under the Fiscal Responsibility Law.
Comgás, the largest gas distributor in Brazil with 2 million customers, posted a net income of R$367.1 million ($85 million) in Q4 of 2019, which represented a 57.2% drop compared to the same period of 2018 , according to the company’s latest report. The net debt, which was previously R$1.5 billion, more than doubled and reached the level of R$3.5 billion. So far this year, the company made a profit of R$1.3 billion, an increase of 2.1%.
Fiat Chrysler Latin America CEO, Antonio Filosa, expects auto sales in the region to grow 1.5% this year, to 4.2 million units, as Brazil’s economic recovery offsets economic crises in other markets such as Argentina. He predicts a 6% rise in Brazil, with Fiat sales increasing by 7% to 9%. The automaker will increase its powertrain production this year and begin sales of a 100% electric vehicle in Brazil.
Banco do Brasil recorded a net book income of R$18.16 billion in 2019, this is an increase of 41.2% compared to 2018. In Q4, net income was R$5.69 billion, an increase of 49.7% compared to the same period of 2018 and an increase of 33.8% compared to Q3. Among largest banks, Itaú was the one that registered the greatest benefits in 2019, with earnings of R$26.583 billion, an increase of 6.4% compared to 2018, the highest nominal annual result (not adjusted for inflation) ever recorded by Brazilian banks.