Brazil to honour $465 mn in UN and BRICS bank debts but no other in 2019

The federal government will pay debts of R$1.815 billion to the United Nations (UN) and the BRICS bank (a group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) by the end of the year. On the other hand, it will no longer honor commitments to the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest), the Financial Fund for the Development of the La Plata Basin (FONPLATA), and the International Development Agency (IDA).

Brazil retail sales up in October, but pace of growth almost grinds to a halt

Brazilian retail sales rose in October for the sixth month in a row, official figures on Wednesday showed, although the pace of growth slowed to just 0.1%, suggesting the consumer started the fourth quarter on a cautious footing. That was below the 0.3% median increase forecast in a Reuters poll of economists, and the lowest month-on-month rise since May, figures from government statistics agency IBGE showed.

Brazil XP’s Valued at $14.9 Billion as IPO Tops Target Range

XP Inc., Brazil’s largest brokerage by equity-trading volume, raised $1.96 billion in its U.S. initial public offering, pricing its shares above the marketed range. The company and its existing shareholders sold 72.5 million shares Tuesday for $27 each after offering them for $22 to $25, according to a statement. That gives XP a market value of about $14.9 billion based on the outstanding shares.

U.S. Steel Tariffs on Argentina, Brazil Aren’t Settled, Says Trump Adviser

A top White House adviser cast doubt on President Trump’s statements last week that he intended to immediately place steel and aluminum tariffs on Argentina and Brazil. The White House is considering the action, Lawrence Kudlow, the director of the White House National Economic Council, said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting on Tuesday, but the U.S. might not move forward with the tariffs.

Brazil’s Electro-electronic Sector Annual Revenue to Remain Stable at $37 bn

Revenue from the electro-electronic industry should end 2019 at R$154 (US$37) billion. According to the Brazilian Association of the Electrical and Electronic Industry (Abinee), despite the nominal growth of five percent compared to 2018 (R$146.1 billion), there was no real increase, since inflation in the sector, according to the Producer Price Index (IPP), also closed the year at five percent. Exports shrank five percent in 2019, from US$ 5.9 billion to US$ 5.6 billion. Imports rose one percent from US$ 31.8 billion in 2018 to US$ 31.9 billion this year.