KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's inflation rate rose 3.2% in December 2013, higher than economists' expectations of 3.1% mainly due to higher prices of food, transport and utilities.
The Statistics Department said on Wednesday that when compared with November, the Consumer Price Index, increased by 0.3%.
For 2013, the inflation rate increased by 2.1% from 2012.
Elaborating on the CPI for December 2913, it said the index for food & non-alcoholic beverages and non-food increased by 4.5% and 2.6% respectively from a year ago.
When compared with November, the index for food & non-alcoholic beverages increased by 0.9% while the index for non-food was unchanged at 106.9.
For January to December 2013, the index for food & non-alcoholic beverages and non-food increased by 3.6% and 1.4% respectively.