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Friday, August 22, 2008

Mid August Brazil Inflation Slows

Brazil's inflation through mid- August slowed for the second consecutive month, bolstering confidence that the central bank will bring consumer prices back to target next year. Brazil's inflation rate as measured by the benchmark IPCA-15 index decreased to a monthly 0.35 percent from a monthly 0.63 percent through mid- July as food prices eased, the national statistics agency said today.

Today's report showed that the annual inflation rate for the 12 months through mid-August slowed to 6.23 percent from 6.30 percent in mid-July. Month-on-Month food prices rose 0.25 percent, compared to 1.75 percent at the mid-July reading. Now we need to wait and see what the central bank decide to do about this.

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