Mexico: Inflation slows in February
March 8, 2012
In February, consumer prices increased 0.20% over the previous month, which came in below both the 0.71% rise recorded in January and market expectations that had consumer prices adding 0.31%. The subdued price increase mainly reflected a drop in agricultural prices, in particular for fruits and vegetables, which decreased 5.29% month-on-month. Owing to the subdued monthly print, annual inflation inched down from 4.0% in January to 3.9% in February, which marked the first decline since September. Despite the slowdown, inflation remains above the Central Bank's permanent inflation target of 3.0%.