(Adds data on exports and imports, year-to-date surplus)
BRASILIA Dec 1 Brazil recorded a trade surplus
of $4.758 billion in November, government data showed on
Thursday, the biggest surplus posted for that month since at
least 1989 and more than double the $2.3 billion surplus
recorded in October.
The result was larger than market expectations for a surplus
of $3.0 billion, according to a Reuters poll.
Exports totaled $16.220 billion and imports $11.463 billion.
Economists in a weekly central bank poll expect a trade
surplus of $47 billion in 2016, more than double last year's
result, after a severe recession curbed demand for imports.
Brazil's trade surplus so far this year has risen to $43.282
billion, a record for the period. A steady inflow of dollars has
helped strengthen the Brazilian currency by more than 13 percent
(Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Silvio Cascione;
Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Dan Grebler)