Brazil's inflation rises 5.91 pct in 2013, tops forecasts

Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:05am EST

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Brazil's benchmark IPCA
consumer price index rose 5.91 percent in the 12
months through December, accelerating from its 5.77 percent
increase posted through the prior month, government statistics
agency IBGE said on Friday.
    The central bank targets inflation at 4.5 percent, with a
tolerance margin of 2 percentage points.
    On a monthly basis, the IPCA index rose 0.92
percent from November, above the 0.82 percent median forecast of
28 economists.
    Below is the result for each price category:     
    
                               December    November
 - Food and beverages          0.89        0.56
 - Housing                     0.52        0.69
 - Household articles          0.89        0.38
 - Apparel                     0.80        0.85
 - Transport                   1.85        0.36
 - Health and personal care    0.41        0.41
 - Personal expenses           1.00        0.87
 - Education                   0.05        0.08
 - Communication               0.74        0.40
                                           
 - IPCA                        0.92        0.54
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