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BRASILIA, Dec 27 (Reuters) - The Brazilian central bank expects gross public sector debt to reach 76.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, according to a statement on Tuesday.
Net debt is expected to rise to 52.5 percent of GDP, lifted by an overall budget gap equivalent to 8.6 percent of GDP, the bank added. Gross debt amounted to 70.5 percent of GDP in November, with net debt at 43.8 percent of GDP. (Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Bruno Federowski; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)