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BRASILIA, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Brazil's central government on Thursday posted a larger-than-expected primary budget deficit of 20.46 billion reais ($6.31 billion) in August.
The central government, which includes federal ministries, social security and the central bank, had been expected to post a deficit of 17.05 billion reais, according to the median forecast in a Reuters poll of 6 economists. In July, the central government recorded a deficit of 18.52 billion reais.
$1 = 3.2432 Brazilian reais Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Alonso Soto; Editing by Diane Craft