Chile: Inflation moderates in August
September 10, 2018
Consumer prices ticked up 0.2% from the previous month in August, down from July’s 0.4% increase. According to the National Statistical Institute (INE), stronger inflationary pressures largely stemmed from higher prices for food and housing.
Inflation moderated for the first time in five months in August, inching down from the previous month’s 15-month high of 2.7% to 2.6%. As a result, inflation moved slightly further away from the mid-point of the Central Bank’s 2.0%–4.0% tolerance range. Meanwhile, average inflation over the last 12 months edged up from 2.0% in July to 2.1% in August.
After removing volatile categories such as fruit, vegetables and fuel, core consumer prices remained unchanged from the previous month in August. Meanwhile, core inflation rose marginally to 2.0% (July: 1.9%), marking a 10-month high.
Author: Almanas Stanapedis, Economist