Money talks: the state bank of Brazil's Federal District, which contains capital city Brasilia, has been in buy-out negotiations with Banco do Brasil

The economic downturn has temporarily alleviated the pressure on Brazil's regional banks. They are using that breathing space to seek efficiencies, including cost cutting, improving customer service and seeking capital from new sources. They need to move fast: as national banks recover, acquisition of regional banks will once again become an attractive expansion strategy. Writer John Rumsey

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