SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian retail management software company Linx SA said it is preparing a follow on share offering in Brazil and the United States, according to a securities filing on Wednesday.

Linx, Latin America’s largest software company in retail management, plans to raise money by selling new shares and a also secondary portion of existing shares, the company said in a filing.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Tom BrownOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Heineken NV will invest 550 million reais ($139 million) to renovate four of its plants in Brazil, the company said in a statement.

Heineken will renovate plants in the cities of Araraquara, Itu and Jacarei, and a microbrewery in Campos de Jordao, all in Brazil’s most populated state, Sao Paulo. The company will also open a new distribution center in the state.

Newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported the investment earlier on Thursday.

Reporting by Alberto Alerigi; Writing by Tatiana Bautzer; Editing by Susan ThomasOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s economic contraction in the first quarter was no surprise to the government, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said on Thursday, adding that he is confident of recovery but only if fiscal and economic reforms are implemented.

“We were already anticipating a rather stagnant economy in the first quarter, but we are confident that the recovery is coming,” he told reporters in Brasilia. “We need reforms for growth to resume.”

Brazil’s gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 0.2% from the prior quarter, statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday, the first contraction since 2016 and in line with the median estimate in a Reuters poll.

Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Jamie McGeever; Editing by Chizu NomiyamaOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he is inclined to veto a provision in legislation recently passed by Congress ordering airlines to allow passengers to check in one piece of luggage of up to 23 kilograms (50 lb) free of charge on domestic flights.

The provision was expected to push up air travel prices. Bolsonaro was speaking during a weekly social media live appearance.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Sandra MalerOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s trade surplus widened in May to $6.42 billion, the Economy Ministry said on Monday, its biggest so far this year and driven by a 5.6% rise in exports from the month before.

Exports totaled $21.39 billion while imports totaled $14.97 billion, with the surplus in May bringing the year-to-date surplus up to $22.81 billion.

The biggest increase in exports compared with the same month last year was in manufactured products, which rose by 29.5%, and semi-manufactured goods, which were up 15.4%, the Economy Ministry said.

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s central bank will focus on an agenda of ‘micro’ measures and initiatives rather than macroeconomic policies to get credit and lending flowing, the head of the bank said on Monday.

Reinforcing a stance he has taken since assuming office at the end of February, central bank chief Roberto Campos Neto told an audience in Sao Paulo that simplifying regulation and making it easier for firms to access financial markets and raise capital were critical to boosting investment and growth.

Even though the benchmark Selic interest rate is at a record low 6.50%, “funds are not flowing” through the economy as they should, he noted.

Reporting by Lais Martins in Sao Paulo; Writing by Jamie McGeever; Editing by Paul SimaoOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

On behalf of the Australia Brazil Business Council, we would like to thank you for your visit to the Australia Brazil Business Council stand last night at  BACK 2 BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL at Luna Park, Sydney.

It was a fantastic evening and we appreciated your visit. We hope you enjoyed the ” taste of Brazil”. At this event, we worked in collaboration with our member’s Brazilian Style and Goyaba Super Juices in a tailored activation with the objective to give you the opportunity to experience exclusive Brazilian Flavors.

Have you tried Acai, Guarana, Acerola or Red Guava? At the Australia Brazil Business Council, our aim is to help members to maximize business opportunities through tailored strategies and precise matchmaking as well as assisting organizations in exploring your market segment in Brazil or Australia.

On April, 29th the Australia Brazil Business Council officially opened its office in Canberra.

The ceremony was presented by the AUBRBC team Gleuto Serafim, AUBRBC President, Marcelo Bussacarini, Vice-President and Carol Diniz, Events Manager with the illustrious presence of Mr Sergio Moreira Lima, Ambassador of Brazil. Thanks to all participants, partners, members, volunteers and supporters along the way. I t was a remarkable day!!

Franchising Expo

If you are thinking of getting into your own business or if you like to learn how to franchise yours come along to the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo.

Working for yourself can be enormously satisfying and rewarding, however it can be hard to get started. Doing it with a franchise system can make it a whole lot easier.

At the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo you will find invaluable information about franchising and working for yourself from the people who know best – franchisors, franchisees, legal and financial experts.

Speaking directly with these people empowers you with far more insight into what they do than anything you can learn online. Free seminars every half hour on how to start a business, the benefits of franchising, how to choose a franchise, obtaining finance and what to look out for.

It’s the perfect place to begin your new business search or finalise your decision making process. Turn your ambition into action!

Held annually between Sydney and Melbourne, it’s the nation’s single most important business event for FM and like-minded professionals with the common goal of optimising facility and workplace performance. Over two days it presents leading innovation and thinking for driving efficiency and productivity through world-class FM.

Tickets for visitor are AUD 10 and you can register at https://www.franchisingexpo.com.au/expos/sydney-2019

Sydney: 23-24 March at ICC Sydney Darling Harbour
Brisbane: 1-2 June at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne: 24-25 Aug at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Facilities Expo

Total Facilities leads the future of Australia’s facilities and workplaces through a two-day collaboration into the world of facilities management (FM). 

Visitors are some of Australia’s most influential professionals responsible for the efficiency, sustainability and productivity of facilities and workplaces – they come from a variety of building-related industries including facilities management, property and real estate, building and architecture, engineering, owners/strata corporation and more.

Registrations are free at https://register.totalfacilities.com.au/TFX19S/

Wed 20 Mar 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thu 21 Mar 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bookings essential!

ICC SYDNEY, DARLING HARBOUR
14 Darling Dr, Sydney, NSW 2009S

The Brazilian government is compiling a database about foreign national barriers, particularly non-tariff barriers, to which Brazilian exports are subjected in several countries along the world.

We would like to invite you to use this platform named “SEM Barreiras” to orient Brazilian trade policies aimed at enhancing market access for Brazilian goods and trade flows between Brazilian exporters and their foreign partners.
The database is available online, at “https://barreirascomerciais.dpr.gov.br“, and any user can input information about measures and procedures that are harming or have the potential to harm Brazilian exports.

You can input the information about barriers directly into the database via website, or send such information to the Trade Promotion Section via secom.camberra@itamaraty.gov.br or secom.sydney@itamaraty.gov.br. The option of sending the information to SECOM (Trade Promotion Section) is particularly applicable in situations in which you are in doubt regarding the applicability of possible barriers to Brazilian exports, which, once informed will be investigated by SECOM.

APAS Show

If you are a importers of Brazilian goods you also may be interested in the Greatest Supermarket event in the world.

Apex-Brasil (The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency) is inviting companies to attend the most important Latin America food & beverage trade show, APAS SHOW 2019. The Trade Promotion Section (SECOM) is identifying key potential guests and Apex-Brasil will analyse your company profile. For approved companies, Apex-Brasil will cover travel costs (tickets, accomodation, travel insurance, transfers and meals) for one representative per company. More information at secom.sydney@itamaraty.com.br and secom.camberra@itamaraty.gov.br

Registrations close on March 6th, 2019.