In August, Argentina’s yearly inflation hit 124.4%, which is an 11-point jump from July’s 113.4%.
The National Institute of Statistics and Censuses, or Indec, released these figures today.
The inflation rate for that month stood at 12.4%. This is almost double July’s 6.3%. It’s the country’s highest monthly rate in 21 years.
Food prices rose by 15.6%. Healthcare costs went up by 15.3%. On the other hand, alcohol and tobacco saw an 8.5% rise.
The communication sector had the lowest increase at 4.5%.
To tackle this, the Central Bank raised the Leliq rate by 21 points. It went from 97% to 118% in August.
Inflation is a key indicator of economic health. A moderate increase is generally seen as a sign of a growing economy.
However, Argentina’s rates have been far from moderate. The country has struggled with high inflation for years, harming businesses and everyday people.
The government has tried various methods to control it. These include rate hikes, like the Leliq, and tighter fiscal policies.
Still, these measures haven’t brought lasting relief. The struggle with inflation also impacts Argentina’s international standing.
High rates can scare away foreign investors, which the country desperately needs.
In the past, hyperinflation crippled Argentina’s economy. The late 1980s and early 1990s were particularly bad.
Lessons from those times seem not to have stuck. Current policy moves, like the Leliq rate hike, are emergency responses.
They might bring short-term relief but don’t solve the underlying issues. For real change, experts argue that broader economic reforms are essential.