Uruguay: Inflation climbs in July on rising fuel costs
August 3, 2018
Consumer prices rose 0.6% from the previous month in July, easing from June’s 1.0% increase. According to data released by the Statistical Institute, the reading was driven by higher food and transport costs.
Headline inflation picked up to 8.4% in July, coming in at a 21-month high (June: 8.1%) and climbing further away from the Central Bank’s target range of 3.0%–7.0%. Higher energy costs hit consumers in the month as the state-owned oil company, Ancap, hiked fuel prices. Moreover, a weaker peso contributed to the acceleration.
Meanwhile, annual average inflation rose to 6.7% from 6.5% in June, reaching an 11-month high.
Author: Christopher Thomas, Economist