These figure do not include 2009 Xmas, so final numbers should be better still.
Now compare this with predictions for 2009.
Morgan Stanley -4,5%
Nakano, da FGV -4,0%
Economists Cepal -2,0%
Celso Pastore 0,5%
Gustavo Loyola 0,3%
Leitores O Brasil Que Dá Certo 1,8% our brazilian blog.
So even the optimists were on the down side. At least those following Betting On Brazil were not taken by surprise, we always showed the best data and analysis available.