Panama: Inflation Close to Zero at End of 2017

Education and health were the sectors that explained the interannual variation of 0.5% registered in December 2017.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

From a report by the Comptroller General of the Republic.

The groups that most influenced the year-on-year percentage variation of the National Urban CPI for December 2017 compared to 2016 were: Education with 3.5%, and Health with 2.3%; However, the group Food and non-alcoholic beverages which has the highest weight in the CPI, presented a negative variation of -1.3%.

The groups that showed increases in the National Urban CPI for December with respect to November were: Transportation with 0.6%; Miscellaneous goods and services 0.3%; Food and non-alcoholic beverages, Clothing and footwear, Health, all with 0.1%. 

The increase presented in the Transport group was the product of an increase in three of its seven classes. The greatest variation was in the class "Passenger transport by air" with 24.0%, due to an increase in the price of air travel.

The groups Housing, water, electricity and gas, and Restaurants and hotels remained unchanged.

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