RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Economic activity in Brazil fell an unexpected 0.51 percent in May, central bank data showed on Thursday, reversing a small rise in April and highlighting the challenges facing the country as it tries to escape the deepest recession in generations.
A Reuters survey of economists had forecast economic activity would remain stable compared to April, when it registered its first rise since 2014, albeit by just 0.03 percent.
The surprisingly poor performance, a gauge of activity in the farming, industry and services sectors, marked a 5.32 percent fall on the same month last year.
- All of these celebrities have had their nudes leaked 35 Pictures
- PHOTOS: Apple Emoji update includes a llama, skateboard and some bagel drama 24 Pictures
Brazil's economy is going through a second year of what analysts estimate to be its worst recession in more than a century.
(Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer and Marcela Ayres; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)