Guatemala Inflation


Guatemala: Inflation continues to fall in April

May 7, 2012

In April, consumer prices rose 0.37% over the previous month, which was slightly up from the 0.33% increase recorded in March. According to the National Statistics Institute, the monthly rise reflected higher prices for transport, food as well as for leisure. Despite the monthly increase, annual inflation fell from 4.5% in March to 4.3% in April, which marks the lowest reading since September 2010. Moreover, the core inflation index added 0.38% over the previous month (March: +0.29% month-on-month). As a result, annual core inflation moderated further from 4.1% in March to 3.8% in April. At its 25 April meeting, the Central Bank decided to maintain the policy rate unchanged at 5.50% for a seventh consecutive month. In its statement, the Bank argued that, despite the global outlook has improved markedly in recent months, downside risks persist. On the domestic front, officials stated that the economic activity indicator remains in line with Central Bank

Author:, Senior Economist

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