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06 December 2012

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Consumer Survey

Consumer sentiment remains high in November

Our survey of 1,500 consumers looks at spending patterns ahead of Christmas.

Finance

Private equity: a second wave of tech interest

Our survey of funds highlights increased competition in the sector, but more targets are available, as accelerators take hold.

Infrastructure

Forging ahead at Suape

Companies’ experiences of the key north-eastern port and industrial hub have been relatively positive.

Business

Risks loom over the vehicle market

November’s weak car sales accentuate the challenges for carmakers. Large players are set for a squeeze, as the market becomes increasingly competitive.

Bulls and Bears

Economists rush to reconsider 2013

Lower GDP growth, more tax breaks and a weaker currency are seen as increasingly likely, following poor 3Q12 growth figures.

Agenda: another dawn for ports investment

A long-awaited infrastructure plan should provide a framework for private investment in three new ports.

Best of local comment

Oil policy under fire

The dispute over royalties is distracting from the wider failures of the Rousseff administration's oil policy, argue government critics.

Where did the investment go?

Local commentators debate the government’s problematic relations with business.

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