Brazil January economic activity index up 1.29 pct vs Dec

BRASILIA, March 15 Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:36am EDT

BRASILIA, March 15 (Reuters) - The Brazilian central bank's IBC-Br economic activity index rose 1.29 percent in January from December in seasonally adjusted terms, the bank said on Friday.

The median estimate in a Reuters survey of 17 analysts was for a rise of 0.90 percent.

The index, a gauge of activity in the farming, manufacturing and services sectors, rose a non-seasonally adjusted 3.84 percent over the same month a year ago.

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