Brazil external deficit widens to $4 bln in July

martes 23 de agosto de 2016 14:10 GYT

BRASILIA Aug 23 (Reuters) - Brazil's current account deficit widened in July to $4.050 billion, central bank data showed on Tuesday, a bigger shortfall than expected by economists in a Reuters poll.

The country attracted $78 million in foreign direct investment in July, contrary to forecasts in a Reuters poll for an outflow of $500 million.

Brazil posted a current account surplus of $2.479 billion in June, and a deficit of $5.864 billion in July 2015. The market expected a shortfall of $3.6 billion for July. (Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Alonso Soto; Editing by James Dalgleish)