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SAO PAULO, Aug 27 (Reuters) - State-controlled Caixa Econômica Federal, Brazil's largest mortgage lender, is considering revising estimates for loan book growth this year as a steep economic downturn and rising unemployment hamper demand for credit, executives said on Thursday.
Brasilia-based Caixa will discuss estimates for the year, which include a forecast for loan book expansion between 12 percent and 16 percent this year, as early as September, Chief Financial Officer Márcio Percival said in an interview.
The bank reported almost stable second-quarter profit on an annual basis on Thursday.
Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Aluísio Alves