Brazil Inflation Rate Slows To 6-1/2-Year Low


Consumer prices in Brazil rose by 4.76 percent in the year to February 2017, down from an increase of 5.35 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 5.35 percent gain. It was the lowest inflation rate since September 2010. Inflation remained slightly above the central bank's official target of 4.5 percent.

Prices rose at a slower pace for: Food and beverages (4.97 percent from 6.57 percent in January); transport (2.81 percent from 3.19 percent); clothing (3.03 percent from 3.42 percent); health (10.44 percent from 10.76 percent); and personal expenses (6.72 percent from 7.21 percent). Additional upward pressure came from: Housing and utilities (2.59 percent); recreation and culture (4.68 percent); furnishings and household equipment (2.00 percent); communication (1.68 percent); and education (7.95 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased by 0.33 percent, following a 0.38 percent rise in January and less than markets expected. Cost rose at a slower pace for transport (0.24 percent from 0.77 percent in January); while it fell for food (-0.45 percent from 0.35 percent). 

Brazil Inflation Rate Slows To 6-1/2-Year Low


IBGE | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
3/10/2017 12:22:48 PM