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FINANCIAL TIMES: Chile seeks bigger slice of the funds pie

São Paulo and Santiago may seem unlikely rivals for the position of Latin America’s investment management hub. After all, Brazil has a $1tn mutual fund management industry and a 190m-strong population, whereas Chile has a respective $33bn and 17m people. … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES: Conservative hiring erects barriers to Brazil jobs

In Morde & Assopra, a hit soap opera in Brazil, Keiko is a Brazilian woman of Japanese descent who returns to Brazil in search of work. It might be a fictional plot but it is very deeply rooted in reality. … Continue reading

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Luxury goods: Undisputed number one

Visiting fashionistas taking a stroll down São Paulo’s fashionable Oscar Freire street would feel at home. Toy dogs peep out from handbags or trot, arrayed in chic raincoats and paw-gloves, at the feet of their owners. Wafer-thin beauties are on … Continue reading

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Corporate social responsibility: Businesses that engage with society

The odds are stacked against premature, low birthweight babies in Brazil. Often born to low-income families, the baby is typically taken to a pre-natal unit and isolated from the mother, preventing bonding. That, plus the uncertain prospects for a premature … Continue reading

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Bioplastics: Packaging that engineers a reduced carbon footprint

Large petrochemical companies are racing to bring industrial-scale production to Brazil’s nascent bioplastics industry, based in the state of São Paulo. The state is responsible for 70 per cent of the country’s ethanol production, has a developed petrochemicals industry as … Continue reading

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Service industries: Consultants cluster and prosper

São Paulo is rapidly emerging as the centre for Brazil’s service industries, drawing in consultants of all stripes. Lawyers accountants marketing, PR and branding consultants, IT specialists and headhunters are finding profitable niches. They are also encountering fewer bureaucratic hurdles … Continue reading

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Conference business: The convention capital of the Americas

Chaotic, sprawling and vast, São Paulo is hardly up there with Honolulu or Paris as a must-see city for convention-goers. Yet, it has become a leading destination for events in the Americas. Increasingly, it is capitalising on the influx of … Continue reading

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Regulatory burden: Agencies attempt to slice through thicket of red tape

The state of São Paulo has belatedly started to grapple with its bloated and unwieldy bureaucracy through a dedicated agency whose task is to cut red tape for businesses and citizens. The move is welcome, as the state is a … Continue reading

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Retail: The battle for consumers heats up

It’s 9.30 on Sunday morning and they have already put up the elastic cordons to allow the queue for 15 items or fewer to snake round on itself at the Extra supermarket in the Bela Vista neighbourhood of São Paulo. … Continue reading

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Transport: Highway concessions

São Paulo city sits just under 80 kilometres from an inviting tropical coast. Little wonder that so many of its citizens flock to the beaches by car on the long, hot week-ends of the summer. These days, however, beach-goers often … Continue reading

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