Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

10 of 10
BACKNEXT
Brazil
Brazil
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recently boosted the nation's stimulus plan.
GDP 1.8%
Inflation 5.9%
Unemployment 8.2%
Markets 6.9%
Gallon of gas $4.17
Interest Rates 11.25%

Challenges Sinking crude prices have dealt a tremendous blow to this oil-driven economy. Falling global demand for oil and manufactured goods have driven up unemployment, and in January, Brazil experienced a trade gap deficit for the first time in eight years. Many economists say the largest Latin American economy is in a recession.

Solutions President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's administration boosted an existing government infrastructure plan, called the Accelerated Growth Program, by about $62 billion to $280 billion in February. The central bank has also orchestrated increased lending programs to banks, lower interest rates and currency swaps with the U.S. Federal Reserve.

See stats for all 10 countries

More galleries
Last updated March 30 2009: 8:02 AM ET
Sources: IMF, national statistics offices, central banks, national stock exchange, AIRINC
More Galleries
A White House press briefing as told by CNN's sketch artist The White House started banning cameras during some briefings, so CNN sent in sketch artist Bill Hennessy. More
The best gadgets for your next business trip Hotels often lack the resources business travelers need to work efficiently. But fear not: These six gadgets will turn any hotel room into a temporary office. More
Must-have gadgets for business travelers For many business travelers, commuting through airports and enduring flights is the worst part of any trip. Thankfully, these seven gadgets help make life on the road -- and in the air -- much easier. More

Special Offer