Like its BRIC counterparts, Russia's economy, after a booming decade, was hit by the global financial crisis of 2007-09 and, compared to the turn of the century is seeing growth - but at a much slower rate. Dean Best reports.
After a decade of solid growth, Brazil's economy has slowed sharply. The fall in the value of the real has also contributed to stubborn inflation, hitting consumer confidence. Many FMCG firms continue to enjoy sales growth but margins have come under pressure and they have had to adapt to the tougher economic climate.