Amgen growth in Brazil picks up, eyes doubling portfolio by 2020

SAO PAULO - Amgen Inc, the world's biggest biotechnology company, has had a surge in sales in Brazil this year and it plans to double its drug portfolio in the country by the end of the decade, the company's top local executive says.

Telecom Italia CEO does not rule out merger of Brazilian unit

BRASILIA/MILAN - Telecom Italia does not rule out merging its Brazilian operator with a local rival but such a move is not on the agenda for now, its chief executive said after meeting Brazil's president on Wednesday.

Deals, 23 Jul 2014

Poll shows Brazil's Rousseff would win presidential runoff

SAO PAULO - Brazil President Dilma Rousseff would win a second-round runoff against either opponent and has 38 percent of voter support ahead of her October re-election bid, a new poll by the IBOPE polling institute showed on Tuesday.

World, 22 Jul 2014

Rains due to drench Brazil coffee, sugar cane harvests

SAO PAULO - Harvest of the world's biggest coffee and sugar cane crops may be stalled by the four to five days of rain that are in store for southeast Brazil starting Thursday, forecasters said on Tuesday.

Environment, 22 Jul 2014

Brazil approves new pesticide to combat coffee beetle

SAO PAULO - Brazil's government approved the use of pesticides with the active ingredient cyantraniliprole to fight the coffee borer beetle, a note published in the country's Official Gazette said on Friday.

Environment, 18 Jul 2014

China, Brazil close plane, finance, infrastructure deals

BRASILIA - China and Brazil sealed their expanding commercial partnership on Thursday with a $5 billion credit line for Brazilian miner Vale and the purchase of 60 passenger jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer.

World, China, 17 Jul 2014

Brazil's Embraer signs deal to sell 60 E-190s to China

BRASILIA - Brazil's Embraer SA agreed to sell 60 E-190 commercial passenger jets to China as part of a raft of deals signed by the presidents of the two countries to deepen commercial ties, the Brazilian government said on Thursday.

Banco do Brasil adds to comeback in Islamic funds

- A unit of Brazilian state-run lender Banco do Brasil SA plans to launch its first Islamic fund to help raise the profile of its Singapore unit, joining a growing list of asset managers returning to the sharia-compliant sector.

Deals, 17 Jul 2014

China seeks to build railways in Brazil to ship out commodities

BRASILIA - Brazil hopes that during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping it can boost ties with its biggest trade partner beyond the exchange of commodities for manufactured goods, but that may be wishful thinking.

World, 16 Jul 2014

Brazil risks a recession as presidential campaign heats up

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's sluggish economy faces substantial risk of falling into a light recession in 2014, and may already have done so, providing opposition candidates with extra ammunition in the run-up to October's presidential election.

World, 16 Jul 2014

U.S. lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza toll tops 700

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700. | Video