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A dimmer outlook for Petrobras

21 Nov

New corruption allegations intensify the pressure on a company stretched by a falling Real and lower oil prices.

The risk of fiscal laxity in Brazil

18 Nov

Joblessness increases the danger of higher deficits, but a silver lining remains for sectors that depend on government spending.

Mexico reruns the bullet train tender

10 Nov

Confusion over $3.6bn contract becomes a setback for the infrastructure programme.

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27 November 2014

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Food retail adapting to weak growth

Downward pressure on consumers has driven an increase in popularity for smaller and low-cost outlets, but their growth also reflects a maturing food retail market and an increasingly diversified approach to shopping.

Resources and Trade

Ecuador – unlocking its mineral wealth

After a difficult few years, Ecuador is finally taking positive steps to better exploit its ample gold and copper resources.


Mexico – energy groups to tap capital markets

The fall in oil prices may be taking the edge off investor appetite, but plans to raise funds for the energy sector are still very much in motion.


Venezuela – fund shift presents risks for infrastructure

While the transfer of funds from Venezuela’s China Fund into its depleted foreign currency reserves may have improved investor sentiment, it further elevates risks in its investment-starved infrastructure sector.


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