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Brazil 2021 inflation forecasts revised up, central bank target in spotlight

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Inflation expectations are rising in Brazil, with a growing number of economists raising their 2021 forecasts above the central bank's target as strong commodity prices and the persistently weak exchange rate show little sign of turning.

Brazil's real remains under heavy pressure, its 4% fall against the dollar so far this year and 30% slump last year both among the steepest of any currency in the world, pushing up the prices of imports and foodstuffs in particular.

Banco Itaú's economics team, led by chief economist Mario Mesquita, on Friday raised its 2021 inflation . . .

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