Argentina's National Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec) announced Wednesday that inflation for the month of August had reached 12.4% for a total of 124.4% in the last 12 months. The highest monthly rate in over 32 years came after the Aug. 14 devaluation of the Argentine peso. So far in 2023, the Consumer Price Index has accumulated an increase of 80.2%.
Private studies released Tuesday in Buenos Aires showed a 16.1% drop in mass consumption in the first week of August, which further aggravated July's 15.8%, the Buenos Aires daily La Prensa reported.
Argentina's National Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec) announced Tuesday that the variation in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of July of 2023 was 6.3% for a total of 60.2% in the first seven months of the year and 113.4% interannually, it was reported in Buenos Aires.
The rate of inflation in the United States was 3.2% over the year to July, driven by higher housing, car insurance and food costs, the Labor Department said. That was up from 3% in June, which was the lowest rate in more than two years.
New figures suggest food United Kingdom price inflation has slowed to its lowest level this year as prices of oils, fish, and breakfast cereals fall. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and NielsenIQ retail analysts, food inflation slowed to 13.4% in July. It was 14.6% in June. But overall, shop prices are still 7.6% higher this July than a year ago.
Argentina's Confederation of Medium-Sized Companies (CAME) said in a report released Sunday that retail sales dropped 3.6% interannually in July for a total 1.6% reduction so far in 2023 as inflation is hitting consumption in all areas of the economy except in the pharmaceutical sector.
Inflation in the Euro-zone fell to 5.3% in July, down almost a percentage point from May, the EU statistics agency Eurostat said on Monday. in June the rate of inflation was 5,5% as compared with 6.1% in May.
Outlook for retail prices in the United Kingdom improving. New figures suggest food price inflation in the UK has slowed to its lowest level this year as prices of oils, fish, and breakfast cereals fall. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and NielsenIQ retail analysts, food inflation slowed to 13.4% in July. It was 14.6% in June.
The blue (a euphemism for black market) dollar hit another record Thursday in Argentina, closing at AR$ 512 / US$ 1, for a total increase of AR$ 166 so far this year which represented a 48% rise since closing 2022 at AR$ 346, it was reported in Buenos Aires. The gap between the informal dollar and the official exchange rate stands at 93.7%.
Brazil’s annual inflation released on Tuesday showed consumer prices rose 3,16% year to year, down from 3,94% in May. This means annual inflation has dropped from the 12,13% peak in 2022 clearing the way for the central bank to begin cutting interest rates at its next meeting.