The Central Reserve Bank of Peru (BCRP), which has cut its rate by 50 basis points this year in response to slowing economic growth, also repeated its statement from October that "current and advanced indicators of economic activity continue to show a weak economic cycle, with lower GDP growth rates than the ones of potential output."
However, unlike its October statement, the BCRP omitted the phrase that "some signal of recovery have been observed," indicating a less optimistic view of the economic outlook.
On Oct. 17 in its quarterly inflation report the central bank cut its forecast for growth in 2014 and 2015 due to weak mining output and lower private investments.
The BCRP forecast growth this year of 3.12 percent, down from its previous forecast of 4.4 percent, and down from 2013's 5.8 percent.
Next year the central bank projected Gross Domestic Product growth of 5.5 percent, down from its previous estimate of 6.0 percent.
Peru's GDP expanded by an annual 1.7 percent in the second quarter of this year, down from 4.8 in the first quarter.
Peru's headline inflation rate rose to 3.09 percent in October from 2.74 percent the previous month but the central bank said its current policy stance is compatible with inflation converging to its 2.0 percent target in 2015.
The Central Reserve Bank of Peru issued the following statement:
The Board of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru approved to maintain the monetary policy
interest rate at 3.50 percent.
This level of the benchmark rate is compatible with the forecast that inflation will be converging to 2.0 percent target in 2015. This forecast takes into account that: i) current and advanced indicators of economic activity continue showing a pace of growth below the potential level of growth; ii) inflation expectations remain anchored within the target range, and iii) recent international indicators show mixed signals of global economic recovery, as well as increased volatility in financial and exchange markets.
Inflation in October showed a rate of 0.38 percent, as a result of which inflation in the last 12
months rose from 2.74 percent in September to 3.09 percent in October due to transitory
supply factors. Inflation without food and energy recorded a rate of 0.12 percent, as a result
of which the interannual rate of inflation fell from 2.57 percent in September to 2.56 percent
Current and advanced indicators of activity continue to show a weak economic cycle, with
lower GDP growth rates than the ones of the potential output.
In November, the BCRP has continued lowering the reserve requirement rate in domestic
currency –from 10.5 to 10.0 percent– with the aim of supporting the growth of credit in soles.
The Board oversees the inflation forecasts and inflation determinants, and will implement
additional monetary easing measures if it is necessary.
The Board of the Central Bank also approved to maintain the annual interest rates on lending
and deposit operations in domestic currency (not included in auctions) between the BCRP
and the financial system, as described below:
Overnight deposits: 2.30 percent.
Direct repos and rediscount operations: 4.30 percent.
Swaps: a commission equivalent to a minimum annual effective cost of 4.30 percent.
- Overnight deposits: 2.30 percent.
The Board will approve the Monetary Program for December on December 11, 2014.