Argentina central bank hikes reserve requirements to cut inflation

jueves 26 de mayo de 2016 18:19 GYT

BUENOS AIRES May 26 (Reuters) - Argentina's central bank announced it would boost banks' reserve requirements in a bid to cut sky-high inflation in Latin America's third-largest economy.

The central bank said it would raise reserve requirements for in-demand deposits by 2.5 percentage points in June and again in July from its current 17 percent level.

Requirements for fixed-term deposits will increase 1.5 percentage points next month, and again the following month, from 13 percent currently, the bank said in a statement.

Center-right President Mauricio Macri took office in December promising to tackle a yawning fiscal deficit and dizzying inflation.

Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay has said the pace of consumer price gains should fall to just over 1 percent by the end of the year.

But private data this month showed monthly inflation in Argentina's main population center of Buenos Aires approached 7 percent in April. (Reporting by Nicolas Misculin; Writing by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)