March consumer price index up 2.1% on-yr

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's consumer price index rose 2.1% in March from a year ago, mainly due to increases in food and non-food items.

The Statistics Department said on Friday the index for food & non-alcoholic beverages and non-food for month increased 2.9% and 1.7% on-year.

It said the CPI was unchanged when compared with February.

For the period January-March, the CPI was up 2.3% to 104.5 compared with that of 102.2 in the previous corresponding period.

The department said the index for food & non-alcoholic beverages and non-food increased by 3.6% and 1.7% respectively.

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