Number of the week

9 in 10 Brazilian families have struggled with pricey power bills

Cooking gas and electricity costs are eating huge slices into family budgets, with cuts to food consumption and behavioral changes needed to make ends meet

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Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we show that 90 percent of Brazilian families suffered at least “a little” with more expensive gas and power bills last year.

46%
of families spent at least half of their income on power bills

The increase in electricity bills over the past year in Brazil – due to a serious water crisis that hindered hydropower in the country – has led to alarming impacts on average Brazilians’ household budgets. According to a survey carried out by...

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