An IMF visiting team in Buenos Aires concluded its annual review of Argentina's economy and praised the efforts of President Mauricio Macri's nearly two-year-old government to transform the economy saying it has yielded significant gains, but also warned that risks remain.Add your comment!
Argentina's central bank raised its policy rate to 28.75% on Tuesday, up from 27.25% previously, as inflation expectations rise, the monetary authority said in a statement. It was the bank's second consecutive hike after a long period of holding the rate steady.
Argentina's main state-run bank said it lowered its headline interest rates for loans to businesses on Monday amid expectations that inflation will begin to slow in Latin America's third-largest economy, a move that will help put credit back within firms' reach. Banco Nacion, the country's largest financial institution and which also acts as a development bank, set its annual nominal reference rate for business loans at 27%, down from 32%.
Inflation in Argentina during the current month of August could drop to 0.7% because of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the hikes in natural gas prices for residential users, according to the official stats office Indec. Similar stats also indicate a strong contraction of the Argentine economy.
Argentina's inflation rate eased to 2% in July, less than half of what it was two months before when the government began reporting consumer price data after revamping the country's troubled statistics office. The July figure was released on Friday by the new Indec data agency. A month earlier it reported 3.1% inflation for June and 4.2% for May when it issued its first consumer price report since President Mauricio Macri took office in December.
Argentina released inflation figures for the first time since December last year, when newly elected president Mauricio Macri suspended the publication of economic data and intervened the official stats office, Indec, following long standing claims of manipulation by his predecessor.
Argentina's April inflation climbed to a record 6.7%, and 19.4% in the first four months of the year, according to the latest Congress Index, announced on Tuesday. Public utility rates were blamed for two thirds of the April increase, the highest for a month since 2002.
Argentina’s credit rating was raised to B- from selective default by S&P Global Ratings, which cited the country’s payment last Thursday of $2.7 billion of past-due interest on bonds in default since July 2014.
Inflation in Argentina during April reached 5.02% and 40,85% in the last twelve months according to the unions umbrella organization CGT Economic and Social observatory, which was released on Tuesday.
A clear majority of Argentines are most worried about inflation and unemployment, a report by the D’Alessio IROL and Berenzstein private consulting agencies have showed.