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Mexico central banker says inflation should peak in first quarter – Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Mexican central bank board member Jonathan Heath forecast core inflation in Mexico should peak some time in the first quarter and begin a “not so fast” downward trajectory from there.

Heath said in a podcast published on Wednesday by Mexican bank Banorte that inflation should conclude 2022 very close to 4% and should converge “much closer” to the Bank of Mexico’s 3% target by mid-2023.

Mexican headline inflation eased slightly to 7.13% in early January from the last half of December, still more than double the central bank’s target rate of 3%, while a measure of core inflation accelerated to its highest in over 20 years.

“This inflation bubble, I think we can properly name it pandemic inflation, arises precisely in the wake of the pandemic, which has caused all the disruptions in value chains globally,” said Heath.

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Reporting by Miguel Angel Gutierrez and Ana Isabel Martinez; Writing by Valentine Hilaire; editing by Barbara Lewis

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