A customer holds a shop list at a greengrocery store in a street market, in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 15, 2021.
A customer holds a shop list at a greengrocery store in a street market, in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 15, 2021. Reuters / AGUSTIN MARCARIAN

Argentina, already battling annual inflation running at over 50%, is braced for prices heating up further due to spiking global commodities costs that are being exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The South American country, due to release closely watched inflation figures on Tuesday, is expected to see a 4% monthly rise, analysts polled by Reuters said, which would be the highest rate since April last year.

"The Russian-Ukrainian war is present in Argentina and that is seen in the prices paid for everything associated with commodities, which are increasing," Economy Minister Martin Guzman said on Monday.

Estimates from 13 local and foreign analysts indicated between 3.7% and 4.5% for February inflation, which was being propelled by food prices and regulated goods and services such as gasoline.

"The rise in the price of commodities worldwide adds more fuel to the fire," said Isa?as Marini, an economist at consulting firm Econviews. "The figure for March will probably be even higher than that for February."

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Center-left President Alberto Fernandez said on Tuesday the country would have to ramp up the fight against inflation, which he likened to the country being under attack.

"I promise another fight will start on Friday, the war against inflation in Argentina. We are going to put an end to speculators and we are going to put things in order," he said.

Argentina, the world's No. 1 processed soy exporter and No. 2 for corn, has benefited from high grains prices on its exports, though it has struggled to tamp down domestic prices.

The government has imposed caps on some grains exports and price freeze agreements on some foods. This week it halted new overseas sales of soy oil and meal, its top exports.

Horacio Larghi, economist at consultancy Inven?mica said rising prices of food inputs would start to feed through to consumers.

"In March the situation has become very complicated with strong increases in flour and oils prices, which will undoubtedly soon be transferred to the prices of final goods," he said.


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