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The Rising Global Middle Class

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A Brazilian takes an upscale coffee break in the Ipanema neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. From 2003 to 2008, 24 million people left poverty in Brazil, where the middle class now accounts for more than half of its roughly 191 million citizens. At home, they enjoy color
TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, and vacuum cleaners.

PHOTO: Newscom/File

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