Brazil's recession greater risk than Brexit for Argentina: could chip 1.5 percentage points from GDP
Argentina’s annual rate of inflation was likely to have reached an annualized 42% through May, but should begin to slow in June with a return to growth also on the horizon, Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay said in an address to investors in New York. The minister also said that for Argentina, Brazil's recession had a greater impact than Brexit.
Argentina’s economic activity index (EMAE), which is seen as a close proxy of GDP, fell 0.5% in April compared with the same month last year, according to data released by the government's stats office Indec. Nonetheless activity went up 0.6% in April compared to March.
Argentina's inflation in January climbed to 4.61% and 30.78% in the last twelve months according to the average from private consultants estimates which are released every month by opposition lawmakers in what is known as the 'Congressional index'.
Argentines expect an inflation of 30% for the next twelve months despite a slight deceleration in prices which consumers admit in some periods of the current year according to the findings from the Di Tella University.
Argentina's April industrial production rose 1.7% over the same month a year earlier with a big jump in automobile output and more modest gains in the production of building materials, government data showed on Friday.
An Argentine appeals court threw out the fines that Domestic Trade Secretary Guillermo Moreno had slapped on private firms that issued inflation estimates that were much higher than the government’s official rate.
Argentina reported exports of 48.418 tons of seafood in the first two months of the year equivalent to 140.8 million dollars, which is 8.2% less than the same period a year ago, mainly because of lower prices.
Argentina’s GDP expanded 1.9%, following an increase of 2.1% in the last quarter of 2012, compared to the 8.9% of 2011, according to the official but questioned national stats office Indec release on Friday.
Argentine consumer prices rose 0.5% in February, the smallest gain since June 2009, after supermarkets and home appliance retailers agreed to freeze prices for sixty days, according to the government’s much questioned stats office, Indec.
Officials from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank arrived in Argentina on Tuesday to evaluate the country's financial system as part of checkups agreed among Group of 20 nations, according to a report from the official state news agency, Telam.