Argentina 2017 inflation seen higher at 22.1 percent -poll

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Inflation expectations in Argentina have risen sharply for 2017 to 22.1 percent from 21.6 percent a month earlier, a poll of 55 economists published by the central bank on Wednesday showed.

The estimate is well above the upper end of the bank's target of 17 percent for the year and comes on top of 40 percent inflation last year.

Inflation is a main concern for voters in mid-term elections in October that are seen as a referendum on President Mauricio Macri's free-market reform agenda in Latin America's No. 3 economy.

The survey also showed inflation expectations for 2018 rose to 15.6 percent from 15.0 percent a month earlier.

The poll held growth expectations at 2.7 percent for the year, the same as the previous month and below government expectations of 3 percent. (Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; editing by Grant McCool)