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Montevideo, July 22nd 2017 - 20:35 UTC

Uruguay's March inflation finally drops to the Central bank target range

Thursday, April 6th 2017 - 12:53 UTC
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Regarding food and beverage, bread and cereals was up 0.89% in March. Meat climbed 0.35%, pushed mainly by higher poultry prices, 3.47%. Regarding food and beverage, bread and cereals was up 0.89% in March. Meat climbed 0.35%, pushed mainly by higher poultry prices, 3.47%.

Consumer prices in Uruguay rose 0.68% in March, the government said in a statement on Wednesday, bringing the country's 12-month inflation rate to 6.81%. It was the first time since December 2010 that Uruguayan inflation was within the country's 3% to 7% target range.

 The INE stats office added that inflation in the first three months of the year was 3.81%. In January the twelve month inflation reached 8.27% and in February, 7.09%.

Regarding food and beverage, bread and cereals was up 0.89% in March. Meat climbed 0.35%, pushed mainly by higher poultry prices, 3.47%. However fruit prices were down 4.55%, given good harvests of apple, peaches and citrus. But vegetables climbed 7.67%, mainly because of adverse climate conditions.

The item Housing was up 0.41%, with rents increasing 0.50%, while Transport also climbed 1.29% because bus rates, urban and long distance jumped 8.3% and 5.43%.

On the other hand prices linked to the US dollar, (which has depreciated against the Uruguayan peso), such as cars, air tickets and car rentals dropped between 6% and 11.40%.

Central bank chief Mario Bergara had anticipated on March 30 that Uruguay would re-enter its target range “sooner rather than later”, after the government reported that February's 12-month inflation rate was 7.1%.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Uruguay.

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