Guatemala Inflation December 2015


Guatemala: Inflation jumps at the end of 2015

January 6, 2016

In December, consumer prices rose 0.43% over the previous month, which came in slightly below the 0.47% rise tallied in November. The result marked a three-month low.

Inflation jumped from 2.5% in November to 3.1% in December, the highest reading in over a year. As a result, inflation closed 2015 just within the Central Bank’s tolerance margin of plus/minus 1.0 percentage points around its target of 4.0%.

At its 25 November monetary policy meeting, the Bank of Guatemala decided to keep its policy rate at 3.00%. The Bank had lowered the rate at its previous meeting in order to combat falling inflation.

The Central Bank sees inflation ending this year at 3.17%, while it expects inflation to close 2017 at 3.65%. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists foresee inflation at 3.3% at the end of 2016, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s estimate. The panel expects inflation of 3.4% at the end of 2017.

Author: Teresa Kersting, Economist

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Guatemala Inflation December 2015

Note: Annual and monthly variation of consumer price index in %.
Source: National Statistical Institute

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