UPDATE 2-Brazil July industrial output up less than forecast

* Industrial output rises 0.4 percent in July vs. June

* Output jumps 8.7 percent year-on-year

* Yields on rate futures drop on below-forecast data
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SAO PAULO, Aug 31 (BestGrowthStock) – Industrial production in
Brazil rose less than expected in July from June, underscoring
the economy’s slower pace of expansion compared to torrid,
perhaps unsustainable, first-quarter growth.

Output rose 0.4 percent in July from the previous month,
government data showed on Tuesday, only half the median
forecast of 0.8 percent from 17 analysts in a Reuters survey.
The forecasts ranged from 0.2 percent to 1.4 percent.

With central bank policy-makers meeting on Tuesday and
Wednesday to consider changing the benchmark interest rate,
yields on Brazilian interest rate futures contracts (0#DIJ:: )
slid on the data.

The yield on the contract due January 2012 (DIJF2: ), the
most widely traded of the early session, slipped as low as
11.35 percent from 11.41 percent, signaling lowered
expectations for interest rate hikes in coming months.

“We believe this weak opening for Q3 supports our thesis of
a slowing Brazilian economy leading to (central bank) rate cuts
in 2011,” wrote Nomura Securities’ emerging markets research
Americas chief Tony Volpon.

Industrial production declined in every month in the second
quarter, including a revised 1.1 percent industrial production
decline in June versus May.

The signs of a second-quarter economic slowdown from the 9
percent year-on-year expansion in the first quarter have
prompted many analysts to revise down their year-end Selic
expectations. Official quarterly GDP figures are due to be
released on Friday.

Central bank policy-makers began a tightening cycle in
April after Brazil’s economy expanded at its fastest rate in
more than a decade over the first quarter, taking the Selic
rate to 10.75 percent from 8.75 percent in three separate
meetings.

Most analysts in a Reuters poll see the bank keeping the
Selic at its current 10.75 percent this week. [ID:nSPG003024]

Nomura’s Volpon sees the Selic falling to 10 percent in
2011.

CAPITAL GOODS, MACHINERY DECLINE

Of the 27 industrial sectors surveyed, 17 advanced,
including autos, pharmaceuticals and chemical products. Among
sectors which declined were machinery and metal products.

In broader industrial categories, output of capital goods
slipped 0.2 percent in July from June, the IBGE said.
Production of consumer goods rose 0.4 percent month on month,
and durable consumer goods added 0.9 percent.

July’s industrial production jumped 8.7 percent (BRIOY=ECI: )
compared with July 2009, slowing from the previously reported
11.1 percent leap in June compared with a year earlier.

Production had been expected to surge 9.1 percent over July
2009, according to the Reuters survey, with expectations for
the jump ranging from 8 percent to 11.1 percent.

For details on the IBGE’s industrial output figures see:
http://www.ibge.gov.br/home/presidencia/noticias/noticia_visualiza.php?id_noticia=1702&id_pagina=1
(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier and Stuart Grudgings; Writing
by Luciana Lopez, Editing by W Simon )

UPDATE 2-Brazil July industrial output up less than forecast