median forecast of about 100 economists polled by the central
bank projected the inflation rate at 7.31 percent at the end of
2016, down from 7.43 percent in the prior week's survey but
still above the official 4.5 percent target.
The median forecast for the exchange rate at end-2016
strengthened for a sixth straight week to 4.15 reais per dollar.
(Reporting by Silvio Cascione; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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