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Brazil overtakes UK as world's 6th-largest economy

Brazil has boomed with the help of exports to China.
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The West's gone down, but LatAm keeps rising. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

Economists said it was going to happen and now it has: Brazil has passed the UK as the world's sixth-largest economy.

The Center for Economics and Business Research said European countries have fallen back in its latest World Economic League Table, while Asian countries are gaining, reported the BBC.

A report from the International Monetary Fund earlier this year had predicted Brazil would overtake the UK.

Brazil's current GDP measures $2.52 trillion. Its main exports are manufactured goods, iron ore, coffee, oranges and other agricultural produce and its biggest export partners are China, the United States and Argentina.

Here's the world's 10 largest economies, according to the Center for Economics and Business Research:

1. US
2. China
3. Japan 
4.Germany
5. France
6. Brazil
7. UK
8. Italy
9. Russia
10. India

And here are the Center for Economics and Business Research's predictions for 2020:

1. US
2. China
3. Japan
4. Russia (+5)
5. India (+5)
6. Brazil
7. Germany (-3)
8. UK (-1)
9. France (-4)
10. Italy (-2)

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