April 10, 2018 / 8:24 PM / 3 months ago

Argentina central bank holds policy rate at 27.25 pct

BUENOS AIRES, April 10 (Reuters) - Argentina’s central bank held its benchmark interest rate at 27.25 percent on Tuesday, the monetary authority said in a statement, noting that high-frequency indicators suggested core inflation would remain high in April, but below March’s levels.

In a statement, the bank reiterated that inflation would begin to fall after a series of hikes in regulated prices end this month. It said it did not expect significant depreciation of the peso currency in the coming months, after it sold over $2 billion in reserves this year to halt the peso’s slide.

“However, currency intervention is a complement to and not a substitute for monetary policy,” the central bank said, noting that it was “prepared to act by adjusting the monetary policy rate” if inflation does not decline after “transitory impacts” such as regulated price hikes pass.

Economists expect consumer prices to rise 20.3 percent in 2018, above the central bank target of 15 percent. Argentina’s government is expected to publish March inflation data on Thursday. (Reporting by Luc Cohen; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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