Shortage soars 4.1% in January to 20.4%
The Central Bank of Venezuela reported that the inflation rate for foodstuffs advanced 5.3%
As a result of such price acceleration, annualized inflation leapt to 22.2%, the highest rate since last May, when it stood at 22.6%. Likewise, the index points to the fourth month in a row in terms of acceleration of the annualized inflation from 17.9% in October 2012.
A breakdown of the items shows a 5.3% hike. It is worth mentioning that food and non-alcoholic beverages hold the largest share as part of the NCPI.
The item of restaurants and hotels ranked second at 4.2%, followed by health at 3.1% and entertainment and culture at 2.6%.
Soaring scarcity; diving diversity
The acceleration in the price index in January came together with increasing shortage, based on the related index prepared by the BCV for Caracas Metropolitan Area.
According to the official information, the shortage index climbed to 20.4% last month, that is, one out of five products sought by users in the markets could not be found.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.