Inflation in Argentina ended 2019 at 53.8%, the highest figure since 1991 when the peso was pegged to the US dollar, data institute Indec said on Wednesday. Indec said the cost of living increased by 3.7% in December alone.
The hardest hit sectors were health (72%), communications (64%) and home maintenance equipment (64%). Food was up, 62%.
Argentina's inflation rate is one of the highest in the world and second only in Latin America to crisis-hit Venezuela. Argentine inflation in 2018 was already 48%.
Argentina is mired in a recession provoked by a currency crash 18 months ago. Poverty has soared since then.
Argentina is no stranger to inflation having recorded figures of more than 3,000% in 1989 and 2,300% the next year. In 1991, the country tried to fix its problems by hitching the peso's value to the dollar. But that was abandoned 11 years later after Argentina defaulted on a US$100 billion debt in the midst of a financial crisis that began in 2001.