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Ecuador inflation accelerates in February

Staff Writer |
In February, consumer prices increased 0.2% over the previous month, just above January’s 0.1% increase.

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The result mainly reflected increases in prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages, which partially offset a decline in transport and other goods and services prices.

Inflation inched up from 0.9% in January to 1.0% in February. Inflation has decelerated for over a year and a half and now rests just above its lowest level in over a decade.

Subdued demand, still-low global oil prices and a dollarized economy have all weighed on consumer prices. Annual average inflation dropped to a record low of 1.4% in February from 1.6% in January.

Panelists participating in the LatinFocus Consensus Forecast foresee inflation at 1.6% at the end of 2017, which is unchanged from last month’s estimate. In 2018, participants expect inflation of 2.0%.

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