Brazil’s Trade Surplus Tumbles US$ 13 Billion from Last Year

Brazilian export The Brazilian trade surplus (exports minus imports) reached US$ 734 million in the second week of November and totals US$ 1.211 billion so far this month. The figures were disclosed by the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.

Last week, exports totaled US$ 4.356 billion and imports, US$ 3.622 billion. This month, Brazilian foreign sales total US$ 8.520 billion and purchases, US$ 7.309 billion.

In the accumulated result for the year so far, the trade surplus is US$ 22.031 billion, as against US$ 35.109 billion during the same period of 2007. From January until the second week of November this year, exports totaled US$ 177.892 billion and imports, US$ 155.861 billion.

BR Announces Record Profit

Brazilian company Petrobras Distribuidora (BR) announced that it posted a record-high net profit of 1.028 billion reais (US$ 450.8 million) in the third quarter this year.

This was the first time in the history of the company that the figure surpassed 1 billion reais. The result recorded in the quarter is 49.2% higher than that of the same period last year, 689 million reais (US$ 302.1 million).

The company also achieved record sales in the period: 3.459 billion liters of fuel. In the accumulated result from January to September, a total of 28.051 billion liters were sold, a result 13.7% higher than in the same period last year. In 2007, sales totaled 33.9 billion liters.

In a press release, BR informed that the performance is a result of steadily rising sales and of cost control maintenance.

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