Venezuela's inflation tumbles to 9,586% in 2019: central bank
The drop in inflation came after the government last year unexpectedly relaxed 15 years of stringent economic regulation, abandoning enforcement of price controls and allowing dollar transactions in the face of runaway inflation and U.S. sanctions. The country is in its sixth year of recession.
The government has also sharply curtailed circulation of the local bolivar currency, which has helped limit prices but left many individuals and businesses struggling to obtain bolivars.
The central bank stopped releasing basic economic indicators around four years ago, but last year started doing so at irregular intervals.