Due to the greater
weight of services
in the spending of Buenos Aires households, the inflation measurement for January in the City of Buenos Aires would have been around 7%.
CABA index would once again be higher than the one reported by INDEC at the national level
The Buenos Aires data will be known next week.
Last month, again the prices and tariffs of the services and the prices regulated by the State and the Provinces had
increases much higher than the rest
And, as according to the Directorate of Statistics and Censuses of CABA,
services weigh 58.59% in the
general average Index while
at the national level they are around 35%
, the average inflation of Buenos Aires would be higher than that reported by the National Institute.
In the City of Buenos Aires, housing expenses (such as rents and expenses), water, electricity, gas and other fuels contribute 17.43% to the index, slightly more than food (17.13%).
On the other hand, for example, food weighs 35% in the NOA and NEA and expenses related to housing between 7 and 8%.
The same goes for transportation.
In CABA it weighs 11.44% versus 8.41% in the NEA.
Health weighs 8.7% in CABA -due to the weight of prepaid- against 5.26% in NOA.
And Restaurants and Hotels weigh 9.58% in the Buenos Aires CPI and barely 4.96% in the NEA.
What has been happening in recent months is that the
prices and fees for services have been rising above those for goods
For example, in December in the City, services increased 6.1% and goods, 5.2%.
Applying the weights, the Buenos Aires index showed an average of 5.8% versus 5.1% of the INDEC at the national level.
A difference of plus or minus 0.7 points.
This was repeated in January due to the
increase in public transport fares, mobile telephone services and the rise in vehicle prices
In Health, the increase in
(6.9%) and the values of
and the increases related to
recreation and tourism
stood out .
That is why it is discounted that
Buenos Aires inflation could be close to 7%.
The inflation of these months
is affecting the middle class more
because the Buenos Aires expense structure has a greater impact on services related to that sector: for example, 75% of households are affected by
expenses or rents.
Also for expenses related to
domestic staff, cars or prepaid and private schools.
And also for recreation, culture and meals outside the home.
An exception are the neighborhoods in the southern zone with consumption expenses that are similar to those of the suburbs.
With the skyrocketing price of meat and other foods, it is discounted that in February the indices would be reversed and the INDEC measurement would be higher than the Buenos Aires CPI, shortening the differences and even the inflation indices of recent months could be aligned.
Finally, despite the monthly differences, in 2022 the National CPI was 94.8% and the Buenos Aires CPI was 93.4%.
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