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Mexico annual inflation rises to eight-and-a-half year high in June
July 7, 2017 / 1:55 PM / 5 months ago

Mexico annual inflation rises to eight-and-a-half year high in June

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s annual inflation rate rose to its fastest pace in 8-1/2 years in June, but the increase was less than expected and that could support the view that the central bank may pause after a string of interest rate hikes.

FILE PHOTO - Tomatoes are displayed at a vegetable stall in La Merced market, downtown Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo/File Photo

Mexican consumer prices rose 6.31 percent in the year through June MXCPIX=ECI, the national statistics agency said on Friday, above the 6.16 percent rate in May but below a 6.34 percent forecast in a Reuters poll.

It was the highest reading since December 2008.

Last month, Mexico’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate for the seventh meeting in a row, but the market has tilted toward bets that inflation could soon peak and that policymakers could begin cutting rates next year.

The annual core rate, which strips out some volatile food and energy prices, rose to 4.83 percent, in line with the pollMXCCPI=ECI.

Consumer prices MXINFL=ECI rose 0.25 percent in June, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures while he core index rose 0.30 percent during the month MXCPIX=ECI.

Reporting by Michael O'Boyle

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