Carstens Sees Slower Mexico Inflation as Gasoline Gains Ease

October 1, 2014

09/30/14 Bloomberg

finance-market_dataMexico’s central bank has done a “good job” in helping guide the economy and the inflation rate will probably near its 3 percent target toward the middle of next year, Governor Agustin Carstens said. A change in the way gasoline prices are fixed will help curb the rise in broader consumer costs, Carstens said in an interview with El Financiero-Bloomberg TV, according to a transcript. Favorable comparisons with inflation this year, when the nation implemented a tax increase, will also help lower the annual rate starting in January, he said. Stable inflation expectations have allowed policy makers to lower interest rates to boost the economy in the absence of pressures on core inflation, which excludes farm and energy costs, Carstens said. Policy makers cut borrowing costs 1.5 percentage points in a 15-month period to 3 percent, the lowest in Latin America, to revive an economy that struggled to bounce back from its weakest expansion since 2009.

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Mexico Inflation Above Target as Increases Exceed Forecasts

September 25, 2014

09/24/14 Bloomberg

Mexican pesoMexican consumer prices rose more than expected in the first half of September, keeping the annual inflation rate above the upper limit of the central bank’s target range. Prices increased 0.32 percent from two weeks earlier, the national statistics institute said on its website today, compared with the 0.25 percent median forecast of 24 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The annual inflation rate was 4.21 percent, above the 2 percent to 4 percent target range.

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Mexico Prices Advance More Than Forecast as Target Exceeded

August 22, 2014

08/22/14 Bloomberg

piggy bank with coinsMexican consumer prices rose more than analysts expected in the first half of August, keeping the annual inflation rate above the upper limit of the central bank’s target range.

Prices increased 0.19 percent in the two weeks, the national statistics institute said on its website today, compared with the 0.16 percent median forecast of 20 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. While the annual inflation rate fell to 4.07 percent, it remains above the 2 percent to 4 percent target range.

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Mexico annual inflation ticks up in June

July 9, 2014

07/09/14 Reuters

financeMexico’s annual inflation rate ticked up in June but remained below the central bank’s ceiling, boosting bets that policymakers will leave rates at an all-time low to support tepid growth in Latin America’s No. 2 economy.

Inflation in the 12 months through June was 3.75 percent, the national statistics institute said on Wednesday, below expectations of 3.78 percent in a Reuters poll and above the 3.51 percent annual rate registered in May.

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Mexican Prices Fall Less Than Forecast as Farm Costs Rise

June 10, 2014

BusinessWeek, 06/09/14

Farmers market by Flikr user ianmalcmMexican consumer prices fell less than expected in May as costs for some farm products increased, the statistics agency reported, three days after the central bank unexpectedly cut interest rates.

Prices fell 0.32 percent in the month, less than the 0.36 percent median forecast of 18 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The drop was still the biggest in a year. Annual inflation was 3.51 percent, compared with 3.50 percent in April, and remained below the 4 percent upper limit of the bank’s target range.

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Limes: Mexico’s new green gold

April 10, 2014

LimesCNN, 4/10/14

Dressed in a white cowboy hat and shirt in the merciless sun, 63-year-old Juan Leana Malpica proudly pulls a branch down in his lime grove and cups a fruit. His limes, he says, set themselves apart by their juiciness.

He has been growing the fruit for the last 12 years and has never experienced a time of such upheaval.

Officially, lime prices are in a spiral of hyperinflation, the national average jumping at a monthly average of around 50% this year.

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Mexico annual inflation rate picks up pace in November

December 9, 2013

Photo by Flickr user Aleiex

Reuters, 12/9/2013

Mexican inflation picked up less than expected in November on a spike in fresh food and electricity costs and muted underlying price pressures boded for steady borrowing costs through next year.

Inflation in the 12 months through November rose to 3.62 percent, the national statistics agency said on Monday.

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