Mexico inflation ticks above year high in early August
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MEXICO CITY, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Mexican annual inflation accelerated in the first half of August to its highest level in over a year, above expectations, data from the INEGI national statistics agency showed on Monday.
Annual inflation in the first half of August increased to 3.99%, as consumer prices rose 0.24% during the first half of August.
A Reuters forecast of analysts expected inflation to tick up to 3.91% in early August from 3.66% in the second half of July, as the coronavirus pandemic helped push up prices.
The closely watched core price index, which strips out some volatile food and energy prices, climbed 0.18% in early August.
Core consumer prices rose 3.93% in the year through the first half of August.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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