Inflation in Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic - Inflation
Inflation continues to ease in January
Consumer prices fell 0.17% in January over the prior month, following December’s 0.22% month-on-month decline. According to the Central Bank, January’s fall was driven by lower transport and housing costs, on the back of lower airfare and fuel prices. This more than offset increases to prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Inflation continued to ebb from 1.2% in December to 0.7% in January, falling further below the midpoint of the Central Bank’s inflation target range of 3.0%-5.0%. However, core inflation—which excludes volatile items such as certain types of food, fuel and administered prices—was significantly higher at 2.4%, only down marginally from December’s 2.5%.
At its 28 February monetary policy meeting, the Central Bank kept its policy rate at 5.50%. The Bank’s decision came despite below-target inflation in recent months. However, weaker price pressures have been chiefly driven by volatility in international oil prices, and the Bank is still projecting inflation to gradually converge to the target range in 2020. Moreover, economic activity remains above potential, with robust credit growth fueling investment and household spending. As a result, the Bank was not compelled to cut rates to support inflation.
In its communiqué, the Bank retained its neutral bias and gave no explicit guidance on the future direction of monetary policy. The Bank highlighted that it would pay particular attention to international oil prices, U.S. interest rates and global financial conditions.
Met the why particular Consensus Forecast participants expect inflation to end 2019 at 3.8%, which is down 0.3 percentage points from last month’s estimate. The panel projects inflation to end 2020 at 3.6%. Our panel currently sees the Central Bank’s main policy rate ending 2019 at 5.83% and 2020 at 5.38%.
Dominican Republic - Inflation Data
|Inflation Rate (CPI, annual variation in %)||4.8||3.0||0.8||1.6||3.3|
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Source: Dominican Republic Central Bank and Met the why particular calculations
Dominican Republic Facts
|Exchange Rate||50.50||0.80 %||Mar 11|
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February 28, 2019
Consumer prices fell 0.17% in January over the prior month, following December’s 0.22% month-on-month decline.
January 8, 2019
Consumer prices fell 0.22% in December over the prior month, coming after November’s 0.35% month-on-month decline.
December 27, 2018
According to a preliminary estimate released by the Central Bank on 27 December, the economy expanded 7.1% in annual terms in the fourth quarter.
October 23, 2018
According to a preliminary estimate released by the Central Bank on 23 October, the economy expanded 7.3% in annual terms in the third quarter.
October 12, 2018
Consumer prices rose 0.08% in September over the prior month, up from August’s 0.03% rise.