The Brazil's central bank will be under pressure to raise interest rate in 2016 amid gripped into the deepening recession. The borrowing cost is expected to rise by 0.25 percent next year. Brazil is suffering from rising inflation and easing productivity.
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Falling in line with the economists' forecast, the inflation rate in South Africa rose to 4.8 percent in November, registering its highest since July 2015. Consumer prices marginally rose 0.1 percent during the month. South Africa's currency Rand fell against US dollar, euro and pound. The currency depreciation is likely to be a major risk to the inflation outlook.
International Business Machines Corp (IBM) has announced more than projected fall in revenues as the stronger US currency put pressure on demand from China and other emerging economies. As a result, IBM has lowered its profit forecast for the full year. The revenues were down 13.9 percent to $19.28billion for the quarter ending September as against the forecast of $19.62bn. The latest drop in revenues marks the continuous fall for 14 quarters in a row.
The labor market in Brazil, one of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations, is fast worsening owing to intensifying recession in the domestic economy. The unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from the record low of 4.3 percent at the end of 2014. Many industrial estates in Brazil are running down signaling next big crisis for the economy.
Foreign ministers of the BRICS nations expressed concerns about cyber snooping reports on individuals, businesses and country leaders.