Inflation in January slowed to 2.3 percent, the INDEC national statistics bureau reported on Thursday.
It's the lowest monthly rate recorded since July 2019, which prices increased by 2.2 percent. In December 2019, prices had increased in Argentina by 3.7 percent.
Compared with data recorded in January 2019, the cost of living has increased by 52.9 percent on average, the bureau said.
In the first month of 2020, the highest prices increases were registered in recreation and culture (up five percent), as expected due to the holiday season, and food and beverages, which rose 4.7 percent. The latter has a huge impact on those living on the breadline.
"Food and non-alcoholic beverages is the sector with the highest rise in the general price level of the different regions, with a national monthly variation of 4.7 percent," INDEC said in a press release.
ther sectors that recorded increases above the general average were restaurants and hotels (up 4.2 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (up 3.1 percent).
Transportation (1.5 percent), clothing and footwear (1.1 percent), housing, water and electricity (0.6 percent), education (0.5 percent) and communications (0.1 percent) all recorded increases lower than the average rate of inflation in the first month of the year.