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2007 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2007 Issue 2

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Twice a year, the OECD Economic Outlook analyses the major trends and examines the economic policies required to foster high and sustainable growth in member countries. Developments in major non-OECD economies are also evaluated. This issue covers the outlook to end-2009. Together with a wide range of cross-country statistics, the Outlook provides a unique tool to keep abreast of world economic developments. In addition to the themes featured regularly, this issue contains a special chapter entitled Corporate saving and investment: Recent trends and prospects.

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Brazil

GDP growth picked up in the first half of 2007. Private consumption continues to support activity on the heels of strong credit increases and rising incomes. The expansion of investment has been particularly sharp. Export performance remains robust. But a vigorous pick-up in imports, especially of capital goods and intermediate inputs, is beginning to weigh on the trade surplus. Inflation remains well below the central target, despite an uptick in mid-year on the back of food price hikes.

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