March 28, 2018 / 2:06 PM / 8 months ago

Brazil posts $5.2 bln primary budget deficit in February

BRASILIA, March 28 (Reuters) - Brazil posted a budget deficit in February before interest rate payments, the central bank said on Wednesday, falling from the prior month’s surplus and driving a slight increase in public debt.

The public sector, comprised of the central government, regional governments and state-owned firms, posted a primary deficit of 17.414 billion reais ($5.2 billion), roughly in line with the median estimate of a 17.8 billion real deficit in a Reuters poll.

$1 = 3.33 reais Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Bruno Federowski Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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