Argentina 2017 growth seen slightly higher at 2.8 percent: poll

FILE PHOTO - Workers work at a construction site to build an office building and shopping mall in a residential area in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Growth expectations in Argentina for 2017 rose slightly to 2.8 percent from 2.7 percent a month earlier, while expectations for 2018 remained steady at 3 percent, a poll of 54 economists published by the central bank on Monday showed.

The economists maintained their expectation for inflation of 22 percent this year, above the central bank’s target range of 12 to 17 percent. Median expectations for 2018 rose to 15.7 percent, up from 15.5 percent last month and above the central bank target for between 8 and 12 percent.

Reporting by Luc Cohen; Editing by James Dalgleish