Rising numbers: Indonesia posts inflation at 4.35 per cent in June; highest figure since June 2017


The June inflation rate was compared to 3.35 per cent in May. Head of BPS Margo Yuwono said monthly inflation in June was 0.61 per cent month to month, up from May's 0.40 percent. - Jakarta Post/ANN

JAKARTA, July 2 (Xinhua): Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has announced the inflation stood at 4.35 per cent year on year in June, the highest in five years, exceeding the upper limit of Bank Indonesia's target range of 4 per cent.

The June inflation rate was compared to 3.35 per cent in May. Head of BPS Margo Yuwono said monthly inflation in June was 0.61 per cent month to month, up from May's 0.40 percent.

"This is the highest year-on-year figure since June 2017, when it was 4.37 per cent year on year," Yuwono told a press conference.

BPS also announced the country's core inflation was at 2.63 per cent year on year and 0.19 percent month to month in June.

Governor of Bank Indonesia Perry Warjiyo said that fundamentally the core inflation rate was still low, so the central bank could maintain its benchmark interest rate at a low level.

"The core inflation is relatively low so it can provide flexibility for us not to rush to raise interest rates," said Warjiyo at a meeting with the House of Representatives.

On the same occasion, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that the inflation rate by the end of 2022 would reach 4.5 per cent year on year due to the surge in global commodity prices amid supply chain disruptions and the conflict in Ukraine.

However, the role of the government in subsidizing energy and some basic commodities will support maintaining people's purchasing power and controlling the inflation rate, Indrawati added. - Xinhua

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