Malaysia's May inflation eases to 3.2%, below forecast

  • Economy
  • Friday, 20 Jun 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's consumer price index in May rose 3.2% from a year earlier, falling short of expectations and easing slightly from a month ago, data from the Statistics Department showed on Friday.

The index rose 3.4% in April.

A Reuters poll of 14 economists had forecast the annual inflation rate in May to ease to 3.3%, reflecting steady costs of food, fuel, and transportation.

MALAYSIA's CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (base 2010)             

(Percentage change year-on-year)                  

              May   Apr  Mar  Feb   Jan  Dec  Nov  Oct  Sept  Aug  July  June

 yr/yr        3.2   3.4   3.5  3.5   3.4   3.2  2.9   2.8   2.6   1.9   2.0   1.8

 mth/mth  0.1   0.0   0.1  0.3   0.6   0.3   0.3   0.4   0.8   0.1   0.2   0.1  - Reuters 

Categories of food & services (percentage change year-on-year)      

  Food, non-alcoholic beverages                   3.3

  Alcoholic beverages, tobacco                    14.1

  Clothing, footwear                                   -0.2

  Housing, water, electricity, fuels                 3.1

  Furnishings, household equipment              1.2

   Health                                                     2.4

  Transport                                                 5.5

   Communication                                      -0.7

   Recreation services, culture                       1.9

   Education                                                2.2

  Restaurants, hotels                                    4.9

  Miscellaneous goods/services                      1.1

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