• Categories
  • Archives

Led by Mineral Extraction, Brazilian Industry Is Pulling Economy Up

Industry was one of the main bases of growth for the Brazilian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the first semester of the year. The GDP increased by 3.4% when compared to the first six months last year.

This according to the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics (IBGE). The industry’s performance was 4.4% greater in the period.


The industrial sector that contributed the most to the result, according the economist of the National Accounts Department at the IBGE, Cláudia Dioní­sio, was mineral extraction, especially of coal and oil.


“Petrobras started operations in two new platforms,” explains the economist. The Brazilian oil company had net revenues of US$ 26.4 billion, 22% more than in the same period in 2004. The mineral extraction industry as a whole grew 10.6% in the period.


The numbers released by the IBGE indicate that the better result, in the semester, happened in the second quarter of the year. From April to June, the country’s GDP increased by 3.9%. The industry grew 5.5%.


“Brazilian economy restarted growing in the second quarter of the year,” states the economist coordinator of the Economic Policy Unit of the National Confederation of Industries (CNI), Flávio Castelo Branco.


In the second quarter as well the highlight was the mineral extraction industry, whose performance was 17.5% greater than in the same months in 2004. This was the highest rate registered since the fourth quarter in 2000.


The industry also pulled up the sectors of trade and transportation, according the IBGE economist. The Gross Domestic Product for trade increased by 4% in the first semester and 3.8% in the second quarter.


The transportation sector had a performance 3.9% greater in the semester and 4% in the quarter. “If industry grows, the transportation (of goods) increases and the trade sector sells more,” says Cláudia Dioní­sio. The trade sector includes retail and wholesale.


More Investments


According to the economist at the IBGE, the information from the research also show that investments are happening in the country. The information is based on the growth of civil construction, by 2.2% in the semester and 3.7% in the quarter.


Also the imports of goods and services increased by 12.5% in the semester, which indicates an increase in machinery and equipments purchases. Cláudia Dioní­sio affirms that the investments benefited from the effort for credit availability by the financial institutions like the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).


After releasing the IBGE study, the National Confederation of Industries disclosed a statement in which the entity’s president, Armando Monteiro Neto, says the results are “positive and auspicious”.


“The results authorize us to maintain the forecast that the GDP growth will be over 3% and the industry’s performance may be close to 5% this year,” he states.


The minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando Furlan, said that the country’s GDP should increase by more than 4% in 2005. In the accumulated value for the last twelve months, the GDP increased by 4.3%.


Anba – www.anba.com.br

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Readies Free Trade Agreement with Palestine

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his Development, Industry and Foreign Trade ...

A Brazilian Fairy-Tale Musical Comes to the Rio Stage. Can Broadway Be Far Behind?

Over the past few seasons there has been an explosion of films, television series, ...

Lula’s Rise in Popularity Doesn’t Offset Brazil’s Stock Market Losses

Brazilian stocks and those from Latin American in general retreated, as investors continued to ...

Brazil Catching Up to China on Leather Exports

Leather exports from Brazil should rise from the US$ 1.8 billion, recorded last year, ...

Either Brazil Uses Its Leadership in Argentina/Uruguay Dispute or It May Lose It

Brazil could be forced to abandon its comfortable neutrality and help finding a negotiated ...

Brazil’s State Machine Shrinks

The 1990s in Brazil was a decade characterized by privatizations and a shrinking of ...

After Brazil, Colombia: a Tough Nut for Rice

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began her Latin America tour in Brazil with a ...

23 Years Later Impunity Goes on for Brazilian Ranchers Killers

On October 27 the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an agency of the ...

All Sectors Up: For Brazil Minister, Crisis Only in the Rearview Mirror

The minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil, Miguel Jorge, said today ...

Brazil Unhappy with Argentina’s Policy on External Tariffs

According to Brazil, the decision by Argentina to maintain a list of exclusions from ...