Argentina's central bank kept its key interest rate on Wednesday at 60%, one of the highest in the world, following a surprise hike two weeks ago after the peso plunged. Central bank officials said in a statement that inflation accelerated in August and continues to do so September, citing high-frequency data.
More Argentines are likely living in poverty now compared with last year, President Mauricio Macri said on Friday, as the country's economy slides toward recession following a currency crisis and a severe drought that harmed farm output.
Coca-Cola announced it would increase its investments in Argentina over the next three years, giving embottled President Mauricio Macri’s government a boost at a difficult time.
The latest IMF World Economic Outlook report anticipates that Argentina’s economic contraction will amount to 1.8% this year, fiercer than the IMF’s last forecast of a 1% decline. Inflation, meanwhile, will hover at around 40%, above government estimates, the Fund said.
An IMF mission started on Monday a round of meetings with the purpose of rebuilding relations with Argentina, frozen for over a decade. The mission headed by economist Roberto Cardarelli began early Monday visiting the Argentine Industrial Union, UIA, the country's manufacturers main lobby.