Brazil: Inflation declines to lowest level since January 1999 in May
Consumer prices dropped a seasonally-adjusted 0.38% in May over the previous month, a sharper drop then the 0.31% fall seen in April. May’s result marked the sharpest fall in prices since August 1998. Looking at the details of the release, housing prices fell at a quicker pace in May compared to the previous month, and prices pressures for food and beverages eased markedly. Meanwhile, prices for transportation, and health and personal care both fell at moderate paces compared to April.
Inflation eased to 1.9% in May, below April’s 2.4%. May’s reading marked the lowest inflation rate since January 1999. As such, annual average inflation fell to 3.2% in May from 3.5% in April.