Brazilians cut back as downturn hits home

Families spend less amid high inflation and rising unemployment

Venezuela braces for low oil price era

In the absence of Opec cuts, country launches plan to boost market share

A new global order of cities

Urban centres shape the world, writes Ivo Daalder

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French group trumpets Cuba pharma

Abivax plans IPO to fund Havana-developed hepatitis treatment

Cheap oil fails to spark spending boom

Retail sales disappoint despite windfall

Productivity turns into global problem

Output per worker growing at slowest since millennium

Frugal US consumers hit Panama Canal

Changing world trade patterns curb container traffic at seaway

Brazil economy contracting sharply

Hangover after end of commodities supercycle and credit-led boom

Haiti: Rising from the rubble

Much has been rebuilt since the 2010 earthquake, but it is more difficult to ensure the country’s economic future

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Florida’s Stonegate Bank embraces Cuba

US government urged bank to open account for communist nation

Cuba: Showtime in Havana

Reforms are urgent to boost the Caribbean island’s economy

Brazil and China reheat old news

While synergies between the two countries are self-evident, realising them has not been easy

China’s Li seeks big deals in Brazil

Premier expected to witness signing of at least $50bn in Chinese investments in Brazil’s infrastructure

Saudis claim oil price strategy success

World’s largest crude exporter seeks to douse US shale surge

Meat production could be the answer for Brazil

Despite the country’s expertise in the sector, there are challenges

Comment: Charting a path back to growth

Reforms will create the conditions for the country to grow again at higher rates, says Henrique Meirelles

Bachelet remakes government in Chile

President reshuffles cabinet amid scandals and faltering economy

Latin America braces for higher US rates

Liquidity and austerity are new buzzwords for region’s officials

Brussels calls for global investment court

System of investor protection ‘not fit for 21st century’

Brazil suffers from recession and scandal

Ms Rousseff’s new economic pragmatism faces a gruelling test