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.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.