Latin Wireless Index: Brazilian telecoms down
Brazilian telecoms saw declines or modest growth in the latest LBC Latin Wireless Index; Mexico’s América Móvil and Chile’s Entel lead for largest revenues and percentage growth, respectively.
The richest people in Latin America
The total number and fortune of Latin American billionaires increased substantially in 2012 compared to 2011. The exclusive club of the billionaires grew by 34 names to 98 last year from 64 in 2011.
Brazil rolls out mega concession program
Minister of Finance Guido Mantega lists economic conditions, tax incentives and figures of a large underserved market to convince investors to participate in a $200 billion concession program to be announced Tuesday in New York.
A record-breaking year for M&A deals
Most of the acquired companies were in Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Most of the acquirers were in Brazil, the US and -- surprisingly -- in Colombia. Trends and data drawn from the Latin Business Chronicle 2012 Latin America’s top 100 M&A ranking.
Educating the Children to Succeed
Students with limited access to education in Latin America sometimes fail to develop cognitive skills needed for success. Latin Education Index shows how Guatemala and Haiti lag in this area.
LBC Multilatina Index for 3Q12
The index fell 2.1 percent from 3Q11. Nevertheless Bimbo increased its revenue by 40 percent, Cencosud by 30 percent and Femsa by 23 percent. The fastest growing companies relied on their domestic markets and not on international markets.
Top 50 Energy Companies
From Petrobras to Comgas, a who's who in the oil and gas industry and in the electricity business
Brazil, the least globalized economy in Latin America
Brazil ranked for the second consecutive year, as the least globalized country in the region. Venezuela and Colombia are also at the bottom of the list. Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and Chile are the most connected to global trade flows.
The Top 100 Pension Funds 2012
Colombian pension funds gain speed. Eleven out of the top 15 funds decreased their assets under management. The number of affiliates to the pension system increased to 74.4 million. There are 60 Brazilian funds among the top 100. Mexican Principal, a growth champion.
Labor markets lose appeal
The results of the Latin Business Chronicle Labor Index show a reduction in labor market attractiveness. Guatemala and Honduras hit by wage increases. Brazil and Chile show noteworthy setbacks. Ecuador is the champion on this classification.
Infrastructure bids in Latin America
More than $31.6 billion in 20 major infrastructure bids which are open in 7 countries, are listed in the new Latin Business Chronicle Infrastructure Guide. Descriptions, deadlines and contacts for each bid.
The top 30 women in business
Latin Business Chronicle ranks the most influential women in the Latin American business world of 2012. They include chief executives, board members, company advisers, and creators of some of the region’s most important economic trends.
The best 100 Companies of 2012
Mining and construction companies in Latin America have increased their sales, net revenues and profitability more than other firms in the last three years. See the complete list of best companies from Shougang to Corporacion San Luis.
China Threat to Brazil?
How big of an economic threat does China actually pose to Brazil? Four experts share their insights.
Brazil: 2011 Outlook
Latin Business Chronicle asks executives and experts about Brazil’s business outlook in 2011.
Brazil: Tax Reform Likely
President Rousseff's tax reform will likely be approved by Congress, but piecemeal and within the next two years.
New Hope for Brazil Ethanol
The US legislative road to opening the market to duty-free Brazilian ethanol remains long, but there is some new hope.
Brazil: O Maior do Mundo
Brazil may be “o maior do mundo,” but at the current pace it is headed for an unnecessary explosion.
Cardenuto: It's Brazil's Decade
Despite some clouds hanging over the global sporting events the next few years, private sector companies are continuing to invest heavily in Brazil.
Mercosur Turns 20
Mercosur is still far away from its original goal of a customs union, experts say.
Brazil: What a Party!
To avoid a nasty hangover, Brazil needs to cut into the bureaucratic fat and frivolous expenses.
LAN Leads Travel Survey
LAN, TAM, Avianca, American Ailines and Delta Air Lines win reader survey from Latin Trade magazine.
Brazil: A Quick Honeymoon?
Dilma Rousseff must take the unpopular measures needed to keep inflation and account deficits from getting out of control.
How Petrobras Compares
Petrobras outperforms foreign oil giants, but lags Ecopetrol in revenue and profit growth.
Coutinho Sees Tax As Hindrance
Brazil's high payroll taxes are a hindrance for competitiveness, while broadband taxes in Latin America undermine demand.
Brazil-Iran Trade Grows
Brazil remains top exporter to Iran, but Venezuela becomes Iran's top market in Latin America.
Brazil On A Roll
The Petrobras share sale cements Brazil as one of the world’s top economic stars.
Brazil's Tax Monster
Brazil's tax system is the most negative aspect of doing business in Latin America's largest economy.
Brazil Helps Boost Xerox
Brazil, Mexico and Chile help boost Xerox sales in Latin America, compensating for negative impacts in markets like Venezuela.
Brazil Elections: What to Expect
Both candidates in this year’s presidential elections in Brazil are broadly committed to the existing economic policy consensus.
Latin America PC Sales Grow
Latin America's computer market will grow by double digits this year, spurred by netbook and notebook sales.
Embraer Braces for Tougher Year
As Brazil's economy sees a strong recovery, aircraft giant Embraer braces for a decline this year due to its global business.
Rio's Real Estate Boost
The value of commercial real estate in Rio should grow more than 50 percent over the next seven years, experts say
Tax Hurts Brazil's Credibility
The new Brazil tax on investments hurts its credibility and may make investors re-think the stability and level of risk of the country.
Time to Revise BRIC?
It’s time to retire what after all is a snappy acronym invented by an investment bank.
Brazil: Mixed Business Outlook
Brazil’s economy will fall this year, but business leaders remain optimistic about its outlook due to good fundamentals and huge potential.
Plastic Card Boom in Brazil
Brazilians are increasingly turning to plastic in lieu of cash. Three experts share their outlook on the country's card market.
Rent: Caracas Most Expensive
Caracas is more expensive than Copenhagen, while Mexico City is among the least expensive house rental locations worldwide.
Brazil Outlook Q&A
Latin Business Chronicle asks leading experts about Brazil's economic outlook and key benefits and challenges.
Brazil: Strong Opportunities
Opportunities remain strong in Brazil, especially for consumer goods and services, despite the slowdown and global crisis.
Brazil: Party On...For Now
After Carnival is over and Lent kicks in, pessimism will take hold as Brazil is forced to face the sobering reality of the crisis and its effect.
Latin America Real Estate Outlook
Brazil's real estate market has the best outlook this year, but it will be affected by the growing credit crisis and economic slowdown.
Brazil Consumer Outlook
Non-branded, low cost and even illegally imported products will gain in the Brazilian market as the economy slows down.
Brazil Beyond Lula
The outlook for fixed asset investment after President Lula leaves office in 2011.
GM Sets New Record
General Motors gets a boost from Latin America, especially Brazil, Andean markets and Uruguay.
Brazil Keeps Booming
Brazil reaches investment grade earlier than expected. Meanwhile, FDI is setting new records. Brazil's boom appears without end.
Lula's Shoes Hard to Fill
With one more year to go, Brazil’s president has already made his mark on Latin America’s political history.
Terra Expands, Revamps
Terra expands its operations - and revamps its content - even in the midst of a financial crisis.
Latin Ads: Better Than Expected
Latin America’s ad market will do better this and next year than originally expected. Brazil still leads the way in size and growth.
Brazil: Uncertainty Grows
Consumers in Brazil are growing worried about the future, which will likely cool down the once-hot retail sector.
Trade Helps Offset Crisis
Trade is providing a silver lining for both the United States and Latin America amidst the global credit crisis.
Country Report: Bullish on Brazil
Brazil’s economy is booming and has a bright outlook. A special report on the key benefits and challenges of doing business in Brazil.
ALL: Strong Outlook
America Latina Logistica is set for another strong year, helped by a continued commodity boom and its own impressive transport network.
Brazil's New C-Class
The number of C-class consumers in Brazil is growing, but challenges ahead include rising inflation.
Brazil: New Oil Company?
Will Brazil create a new state oil company that will undermine Petrobras? Three experts share their insights.
NII Holdings: Good Outlook
NII Holdings is expected to deliver a solid second half in line with its strong first half, experts say. Brazil leads the growth.
US Trade: Colombia Grows Most
U.S. trade with Colombia is booming even without a free trade agreement. Overall US trade with Latin America is picking up.
Bovespa Forecast: Rebound
Experts expect the Sao Paulo stock exchange (Bovespa) to show healthy growth over the next 12 months.
Biofuels: Strong Potential
Sugarcane ethanol from Latin America needs to be an integral part of the United States’ energy strategy.
Singapore-Latin Trade Grows
Singapore's trade with Latin America is growing - led by Panama and Brazil. And it will likely grow further thanks to new trade deals.
Sao Paulo: More Expensive
The cost of living jumps in Sao Paulo, Bogota and Caracas, but only grows slightly in Mexico City and Buenos Aires.
Brazil's Legal Samba
Brazil's legal sector is booming. The country’s new investment grade will help boost foreign law firms' business further.
Q&A on Brazil Law Boom
Latin Business Chronicle asks four leading lawyers about the outlook for Brazil’s legal sector.
Brazil: No Dutch Disease
Concerns about Dutch Disease in Brazil may be uncalled for. The South American country is recouping all of the benefits.
Brazil's Investment Grade
Brazil enters the club of investment-grade economies. The only possible danger for Brazil could be the absence of reforms.
Brazil: Wireless Boom Continues
With a little help from a booming economy, fierce competition and affordable handsets, Brazil's wireless market continues booming.
GOL: Carrying the Varig Burden
The Varig acquisition is hitting GOL profits. Will the company be able to return to profitability this year or face further problems?
Novartis: Healthy Latin Growth
Novartis is growing in Latin America thanks to medicines like Voltaren and Diovan and markets like Brazil and Venezuela.
Delta: South America Boost
Strong growth in South America is helping boost Delta's revenues in Latin America amidst fuel hikes and a U.S. slowdown.
Latin Ports: Balboa Jumps
Panama's Balboa continues its strong growth, but Brazil's Santos is still the top port in Latin America.
Brazil More Competitive
Chile and Peru are the most competitive economies in Latin America, while Venezuela and Argentina remain the least competitive.
German-Latin Trade Grows
Germany's trade with Latin America is setting new records, led by strong growth with Brazil and Argentina.
Brazil: Full Speed Ahead
Brazil is set for another strong year despite the U.S. slowdown and growing global credit crunch, experts say.