Brazilian supermarket chain GPA SA, controlled by French retailer Casino Guichard Perrachon SA, could sell more than R$3 billion ($683.99 million) in assets in the coming months, its CFO Christophe José Hidalgo said after weaker-than-expected quarterly results hammered its shares. They may include real estate assets, gas stations and even operations in Argentina or Uruguay. His remarks come as consolidation intensifies in Brazil’s food retailing amid fierce competition from regional players and GPA’s largest rival Carrefour Brasil SA.
“What we want from and with Argentina is Mercosur, a good relation, but having democracy and freedom above all”, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday. He expects foreign ministers of both countries agree on a new date for a meeting with his peer Alberto Fernández after the suggested summit in Montevideo on March 1 fell through due to the Argentina Congress opening sessions on the same day.
The presidents of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro and Argentina, Alberto Fernández, could meet on March 1 in Montevideo, in a sign of truce after months of tension between the two heads of State. Bolsonaro made the proposal of the meeting on the occasion of the inauguration of the Uruguayan president, Luis Lacalle Pou, upon hosting on Wednesday the Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá in Brasilia. During his visit, Solá also discussed with his Brazilian counterpart, Ernesto Araújo, support for Argentina in negotiations with the IMF, bilateral trade and the strengthening of Mercosur.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday hosts Argentina’s Foreign Affairs Minister Felipe Solá, who will also meet his counterpart Ernesto Araújo. They will discuss bilateral trade, the Mercosur customs union and Venezuela, according to official sources. Relations between the two key trade partners worsened late last year as Bolsonaro’s far-right administration clashed with Alberto Fernandez’s left-leaning government.
The BRIPAEM block is coordinating the trip of an Argentine trade mission to Iran with the purpose of strengthening agribusiness relations that could affect Brazil’s food exports to the Persian country estimated at $ 2.2 billion in 2019. Iran is the fourth largest importer of Brazilian food. Relations with Tehran became tense after Jair Bolsonaro’s support to Donald Trump’s decision to kill General Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad.
Mercosur trade deal is incompatible with the EU’s commitment to carbon neutrality and “may undermine global efforts to avert climate change”, according to analysis conducted for the Greens/European Free Alliance group. The political agreement reached in June by the EU and Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) is still in the process of technical and legal revision and subject to endorsement by national governments and the European Parliament. Austria, France and Ireland are set to block the deal.
President Jair Bolsonaro is set to visit India next week, aiming to boost trade with the Asian nation that has been expanding around 7% a year over the past decade and set to overtake China in terms of population in the next decade. Brazil sees a chance to increase its $7 billion in annual bilateral trade with India to $25 billion in the next few years. India represents a huge potential for Brazilian exports of food and commodities.
Exports from Pernambuco fell by 30.3% in 2019 compared to 2018. Last year, the Brazilian state sold $1.3 billion, compared with $2 billion in 2018. The drop was steep compared to the 6,4% in national exports. The main reason would be the dependence of the local market on Argentina, the main international customer for Pernambuco products. In 2018, Argentina accounted for 33% of Pernambuco exports, followed by the USA (16%) and the Netherlands (10%).
Brazilian government has welcomed the United States’ change of stance to support Brazil’s bid to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ahead of Argentina. The decision shows the construction of a “solid partnership” in the Brazil-United States relationship,” capable of generating short, medium and long term” results, Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo published in a social network.