Brazil's government debt as a share of gross domestic product rose to 74.1% in July from 73.6% the previous month, central bank data showed on Thursday.

The Brazilian public sector posted a primary deficit of 35.809 billion reais ($7.33 billion) for the month, wider than the 28 billion reais expected by economists polled by Reuters. ($1 = 4.8874 reais) (Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Editing by Kylie Madry)