Brazil, which had appeared to be immune to the global financial crisis with a booming economy, is starting to suffer from an economic downturn.
Economists say widespread bureaucracy and massive taxes, which make it difficult to start and maintain a business, have slowed down growth in what has become the most expensive country in Latin America.
A study by the World Bank released this year revealed that the tax structure in Brazil is one of the most complicated in the world.
Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports from Sao Paulo.
Source: Al Jazeera