Inflation in March reached 4.7 percent, the INDEC national statistics bureau revealed Tuesday, casting a further cloud over the government's attempts to tackle rampant price increases.
The new data means prices on INDEC's consumer price index have risen by 11.8 percent in the first quarter of 2019 alone, underlining the difficulties the Mauricio Macri administration faces in moving to tamp down inflation.
INDEC latest update means that prices have risen 54.7 percent over the last 12 months.
Speaking yesterday, President Macri acknowledged that the data for March was likely to be high, while arguing that it had hit a "peak" and would likely go fall lower afterwards.
We hope that after this peak [of inflation] that we will have in March, from here [and] over the years, we will advance step-by-step to eradicate it and become one more country of the vast majority, which have single-digit inflation," the president said at an event in the Buenos Aires City neighbourhood of Parque Patricios.
The president added that Argentines "have started by doing what is appropriate, not living on credit and loans, not spending more than we have."
Large price increases were registered in education (up 17.9 percent) and clothing and footwear (up 6.6 percent) – both of which are influenced by the changing of the seasons – as well as in food and non-alcoholic beverages (up six percent), communications (up 4.4 percent) transportation (up 4.2 percent) and water, electricity and gas (up 2.8 percent).