Colombia: Inflation inches down in December
January 5, 2019
According to the National Department of Administrative Statistics (DANE), consumer prices rose 0.30% over the previous month in December, after a 0.12% month-on-month increase in November. Prices for entertainment recorded the biggest rise, while prices for communication fell—the only category to do so.
Inflation inched down to 3.2% in December, from 3.3% in November. Thus, it remained within the Central Bank’s target range of 3.0% plus or minus 1.0 percentage points.
In December, core consumer prices—which exclude volatile items including fresh food and fruit—rose 0.3% over the previous month, following a 0.2% month-on-month rise in October. Meanwhile, core inflation edged down to 3.2% in November, from 3.6% in October.
Author: Nihad Ahmed, Economist