Inflation in September stood at 0.61% compared to 0.57% in the same month of 2013, however, it exceeded the annual official targets, standing at 4.19%, while the accumulated was 3.15% according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC for its Spanish acronym).
President Rafael Correa has stated that the official annual inflation target was 3.2% in 2014. In September 2013 the annual inflation reached 1.71% and the cumulative, 1.67%.
For Alberto Acosta Burneo, an indicator of 4.19% in a dollarized economy is high. The Editor of Weekly Analysis , says that is not appropriate to maintain those levels of inflation in the long term because it means that Ecuador is becoming more expensive. Furthermore, a reasonable annual inflation target is between 2% and 3%.
Moreover, Santiago García, professor and economic analyst considers that a 4% annual inflation is technically a good level, especially when taking into account the structural conditions of the country as its high vulnerability to international prices.
With regard to the 0.61% inflation of September, the third highest of the year, items that are part of the education division are the largest contributors with the 49.39% of the total. In addition, the monthly inflation of the education category was 3.80%, according to the INEC.