UPDATE 1-Peru cenbank raises 2015 inflation view to 3.9 pct
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LIMA Nov 18 (Reuters) - Peru's central bank raised its view of 2015 inflation to 3.9 percent on Wednesday and said reanchoring inflation expectations were "fundamental" in determining increases to the benchmark interest rate.
The central bank's last forecast in September put full-year 2015 inflation at between 3.4 and 3.6 percent. Since then, the annual inflation rate has eased to 3.66 percent from 4.04 percent.
But the bank's general manager, Renzo Rossini, said a spike in food prices this month and the impact of the sol currency's depreciation on prices would push up the inflation rate in what remains of 2015.
"But what's important is inflation in the future, and how expectations evolve," Rossini said at a Thomson Reuters forum.
The central bank wants to push inflation expectations back down toward its target range of 1 to 3 percent.
Rossini said that inflation expectations would be "fundamental" to the central bank's monetary policy going forward.
Analyst expectations for inflation remained largely stable in a central bank poll last month, easing to 3.2 percent from 3.3 percent for 2016 but staying at 3.8 percent for 2015. "They still haven't lowered, but we'll have to see what the next poll says," Rossini said.
The central bank raised the interest rate in September to tame currency-driven inflation after expectations spiked to above the target ceiling. Continuación...