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Uruguay’s annual inflation in September reached 9.02%; minister confident it will be brought down

Friday, October 4th 2013 - 06:47 UTC
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Fuel prices and transport had the largest impact during September Fuel prices and transport had the largest impact during September

Uruguay’s consumer inflation soared 1.36% over August in September boosted by increases in energy and fuel, transport, milk and other basic items, according to the latest release from INE, the government’s data office. This means inflation in the last twelve months climbed to 9.02% from a month ago (8.86%) and 8.2% in the first nine months of 2013.

The government’s target for the financial twelve month year is inflation between 4% and 6%, but has consistently missed the mark, despite monetary and credit efforts to contain the tendency.

The most significant item in September was transport, up 3.13% because of the new fuel prices. The second strongest increase was Food and beverage, 2.23%. In this basket bakery goods were up 1,25%; dairy produce, 1.32%, meats, 1.6% and fresh fruit, vegetables and legumes, 4.56% and 6.41% respectively.

Housing was up 0.92% supported by a 1.22% increase in rent and2.59% in door tax. Cooking gas meantime was up 6.19%, in line with the almost 10% increase in public utilities.

In August the consumer prices index was 1.04%. According to INE twelve month inflation to July was 8.75%; similarly to August, 8.86%.

Septembers’ inflation was far above the Central Bank survey of expectations among experts and economists, with an average of 0.85%.

Economy and Finance minister Fernando Lorenzo has repeatedly said, the last time only two weeks ago, that inflation at the end of 2013 will be very close to last year’s, at 7.48%.
 

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  • ChrisR

    This figure misrepresents the actual inflation which is much higher.

    I would estimate the year to-date is more like 13% and I see no sign that it is going down, if anything prices are rising again even before the “season rip-off” by the big hypermarkets who ALWAYS raise prices at the beginning of the season but somehow never REDUCE prices when the season ends.

    Is anyone surprised about that? No, I didn’t think so.

    It is of course the legacy of The Dear Leader and his band of incompetent wanabe communist ministers, shortly to be ex-ministers and the sooner the better. When I first came to Uruguay I wondered about the short term and no re-elections; I know the reason now though, it’s to prevent idiots like Mujica from completely fucking the country up. Presently it’s only half fucked.

    Oct 04th, 2013 - 05:02 pm 0
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