March 27, 2018 / 6:07 PM / 4 months ago

Brazil central government posts primary budget deficit in February

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

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