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Mexico & Chile Consumer Prices (Dec.)

Inflation in Mexico stabilised at 7.4% y/y in December and, with price pressures likely to remain strong, we expect Banxico to deliver another 50bp rate hike, to 6.00%, at its meeting in February. Meanwhile, the further rise in Chilean inflation, to 7.2% y/y last month suggests that the central bank will continue its aggressive tightening cycle with another 125bp hike, to 5.25%, at its next meeting.
Olivia Cross Assistant Economist
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The rise in Mexico’s headline inflation to a 20-year high of 7.4% y/y in November will be a concern for Banxico. But it was partly driven by unfavourable base effects which will soon unwind. And given the recent weakness in activity, we still think the pace of policy tightening will remain gradual with a 25bp rate hike, to 5.25%, at the central bank’s meeting next week.

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