Malaysia Inflation Rate Steady at 1.8% in December
Consumer prices in Malaysia rose 1.8 percent year-on-year in December of 2016, the same as in November but slightly below markets expectations of a 1.9 percent rise. The inflation rate remained at the highest level since May, mainly due to rising prices of food and non alcoholic beverages while inflation for housing & utilities were steady and cost of transport fell much less than in a month earlier. Core consumer prices rose 2.1 percent year-on-year in December, compared to a 2.2 percent gain in November. On a monthly basis, consumer prices were flat, after a 1.0 percent rise in the preceding month.
Year-on-year, prices increased at a faster pace for : recreation services & culture (+3.3 percent from +3.2 percent). Prices rose at a slower pace for : food & non-alcoholic beverages (+3.7 percent from +3.8 percent in November), alcoholic beverages & tobacco (+0.1 percent from +1.9 percent), education (+1.7 percent from +1.9 percent) and health (+2.4 percent from +2.5 percent). Prices steady for : housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (2.1 percent); furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (+1.4 percent); restaurants & hotels (+1.9 percent), and miscellaneous goods & services (+1.8 percent). In contrast, downward prices pressure came from: clothing and footwear (-0.5 percent from -0.5 percent), transport (-0.6 percent from -1.5 percent), and communication (-2.6 percent from -2.7 percent).
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Among food & non-alcoholic beverages, customers had to pay more for all categories: food (+3.8 percent from +4.0 percent); food at home (+4.1 percent from +4.2 percent); rice, bread & other cereals (+0.7 percent from +0.9 percent); meat (+3.0 percent from +6.0 percent); fish & seafood (+5.6 percent from +4.5 percent); milk & eggs (+0.1 percent from +1.1 percent), oils & fats (+36.9 percent from +36.6 percent), fruits (+2.7 percent from +2.7 percent); vegetables (+4.8 percent from +3.6 percent); sugar, jam, honey, chocolate & confectionary (+2.0 percent from +1.9 percent); food products (+5.4 percent from +5.8 percent), food away from home (+3.5 percent from +3.4 percent) and coffee, tea, cocoa & non-alcoholic beverages (+0.3 percent from +0.1 percent).
Core consumer prices rose 2.1 percent year-on-year in December, compared to a 2.2 percent gain in November.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices were flat, after a 1 percent gain in a month earlier. Prices went up at a faster pace for: restaurants & hotels ( +0.2 percent from +0.1 percent). Prices steady for : furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance ( +0.1 percent). Prices rose at a slower pace for : food & non-alcoholic beverages & tobacco ( +0.6 percent from +1.0 percent) and health (+0.2 percent from +0.3 percent). Prices were flat for housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (from +0.5 percent) and education (from +0.1 percent). In contrast prices fell for miscellaneous goods and services ( -0.2 percent from +0.5 percent) and transport (-1.4 percent from +4.5 percent).