Uruguay Inflation December 2019

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Uruguay: Inflation closes year at over three-year high

January 14, 2020

Consumer prices were flat from a month earlier in December, down from November’s 0.4% increase. A breakdown of the sub-components provided by the Statistical Institute showed that 10 of the 12 sub-components saw an increase in prices, led by higher prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages, one category saw no change while housing prices dropped notably.

Meanwhile, inflation jumped to 8.8% in December, from 8.4% in November, marking the strongest increase since September 2016. As a result, inflation moved further above the upper bound of the Central Bank’s 3.0%–7.0% target range. Moreover, annual average inflation rose from 7.8% in November to 7.9% in December.

FocusEconomics panelists expect inflation to close 2020 at 7.6%, which is up 0.2 percentage points from last month’s projection. For 2021, panelists see inflation moderating and ending the year at 6.8%.


Author: Massimo Bassetti, Economist

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Uruguay Inflation December 2019

Note: Annual and monthly variation of consumer price index in %. Expectations of monthly variations of consumer price index in %.
Source: National Statistics Institute (INE) and Uruguay Central Bank (BCU).


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