Uruguay: Inflation moderates in February
Consumer prices rose 0.6% from a month earlier in February, following a 2.1% jump in the first month of this year. A breakdown of the sub-components provided by the Statistical Institute showed that 9 of the 12 sub-components saw an increase in prices, led by surging prices for alcohol and tobacco, one category saw no change while prices for the remaining two categories dipped marginally.
Meanwhile, inflation declined to 8.3% in February, from 8.7% in January. Nevertheless, inflation remained entrenched well above the upper bound of the Central Bank’s 3.0%–7.0% target range. Lastly, annual average inflation rose from 8.0% in January to 8.1% in February, the highest reading in close to three years.