Uruguay: Inflation closes year at over three-year high
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.