Bolivian consumer prices rose 0.79 percent in August -government

LA PAZ, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Bolivian consumer prices rose 0.79 percent in August, the highest monthly rate so far this year because of an increase in food prices, the official National Statistics Institute said on Wednesday.

The increase brought the Andean country’s inflation rate to 1.69 percent for the first eight months of 2017 and to 3.25 percent over 12 months through August, the institute said.

Bolivia posted 4 percent inflation in 2016 and the government’s official estimate for full-year 2017 is 5.03 percent. (Reporting by Daniel Ramos and Luc Cohen; editing by Grant McCool)

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