BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s central government posted a primary budget deficit in February after turning a surplus in January, Treasury data showed on Tuesday, in line with economists’ expectations.
The central government, which includes federal ministries, the social security system and the central bank, posted a deficit of 19.293 billion reais ($5.8 billion) before interest rate payments, compared to the median forecast of a 20 billion real deficit in a Reuters poll. BRCGPB=ECI
($1 = 3.33 reais)
Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Bruno Federowski; Editing by James Dalgleish