Amid Brazil’s economic crisis, consumers struggle with debt

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In this Friday, June 12, 2015 photo, a woman is seen through the window of a store as she looks at dresses for sale in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil's top credit information bureaus estimate that as of April, more than 55 million Brazilians were behind on paying off credit cards or loans. That's 37 percent of the adult population in a country of about 200 million people, and the numbers are rising. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Francisco Xavier emerges from a payday loan shop, his brow more furrowed with worry than when he entered. His loan request was denied, and he has no idea how he is going to pay out-of-control bills, including credit card payments that gobble up nearly half his monthly income.

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