UPDATE 2-Chile inflation flat in Nov, central bank sees future falls

sábado 6 de diciembre de 2014 12:46 GYT

* Reuters poll forecast a 0.1 percent rise

* Drop in fuel prices helped ease inflationary pressures

* Central Bank president says inflation likely to ease further (Adds comments from central bank and analyst, recasts lead, adds details on November prices)

By Felipe Iturrieta

SANTIAGO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Consumer prices in Chile were flat for the first time this year in November after months of price spikes, as lower fuel prices pushed down transport costs, the state statistics agency said.

Chilean Central Bank President Rodrigo Vergara said consumer prices would likely continue to ease.

The consumer price index was flat at 0.0 percent in November, state statistics agency INE said on Saturday. A Reuters poll had forecast a 0.1 percent rise.

Lower oil prices - which have fallen about 40 percent since June - dragged transportation costs down 0.8 percent, the state statistics agency said. Food and drink prices slipped 0.5 percent.

"We think inflation is going to start to decline and that we will be close to our goal around the middle of next year," Vergara told reporters on the sidelines of an IMF regional conference in Santiago.   Continuación...