Paraguay inflation ends 2000 at 8.6 pct

Paraguay achieved its goal of posting single-digit inflation for the second year in a row as the consumer price index ended 2000 at 8.6 percent, the Central Bank said Dec 29, 2000. The increase in consumer prices was higher compared with 5.4 percent inflation in 1999 but lower than the 14.6 percent rise in 1998, the bank added. Paraguay's consumer prices for December fell 0.4 percent compared with a 0.5 percent increase in the same month last year. The bank said December 2000's deflationary p