He Consumer Price Index (CPI) it registered a new low in February to settle at 7.55% per year, a figure, however, outside the government’s goal, which foresees values between 3 and 75.
The indicator inflation of the National Statistics Institute (INE) was strongly conditioned by the increases in the item Food and Non-alcoholic beverages, which had an increase of 1.84%.
Within this category, the largest increases corresponded to products affected by the drought and, to a lesser extent, the bird flu.
The price of the eggs rose 4.0%. For experts, in general it is a first indicator of the effect of the disease on the economy.
Between the fruit and the vegetables and legumes Variations of up to 48.45% were registered for carrots, this being the product that increased the most last month, followed by lemons with increases of 37.78%. Potatoes also marked a strong jump, with increases of 32.94% while tomatoes did so by 22.60%.
The meat, down
In contrast to the increase in fruit and vegetable products, meat prices fell during February.
The category “Fresh, refrigerated or frozen meat” marked a decrease of 0.61% reported the INE. The drop in the prices of the pecetto (-7.29%), from carré and pork pulp (-3.65%), and from whole chicken (-1.16%). This last food is at the center of the conflict between the national production chain and the government over imports from Brazil.