A look at Brazil's manufacturing 'weak link'
28 September 2012 Last updated at 16:25 BST
Brazil's central bank on Thursday revised downward the country's 2012 GDP growth forecast from 2.5% to 1.6%, but said it expected a better performance next year.
Its economy would be doing better if its industry had not shrunk 2.5% over the second quarter of this year.
In the latest of the BBC's Brazil Direct season, Paulo Cabral went to find out why manufacturing seems to be the country's weakest link.