BUENOS AIRES Feb 7 Argentina's central bank
kept its monetary policy rate unchanged at 24.75 percent for the
tenth consecutive week on Tuesday, citing lower inflation
Inflation expectations for 2017 fell slightly to 20.8
percent, a central bank poll of economists showed on Thursday,
down from 21 percent a month earlier.
"The estimates and high frequency government and private
indicators monitored by the central bank confirmed in recent
weeks that in January the process of disinflation continued on
course with the trajectory expected by the monetary authority,"
the central bank statement said.
The bank is targeting inflation of between 12 percent and 17
percent in 2017. Consumer prices rose about 40 percent in 2016
with the economy in recession.
Beginning in March, the central bank will make interest rate
decisions every two weeks, rather than every week, as it moves
to normalize monetary policy.
(Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)