Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Serbia's inflation slows to 1.4% in March

Dr. Yemi Kale Statistician General of NBS Dr. Yemi Kale Statistician General of NBS
Marlene Weaver | 13 April, 2018, 01:40

On a monthly comparison basis, Serbia's consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.1% in March, after increasing by 0.3% in February, the statistical office said in a monthly inflation report.

"The Consumer Price Index which measures inflation increased by 13.34 per cent (year-on-year) in March 2018".

Qatar's cost of living, based on consumer price index (CPI), grew 0.4% year-on-year in March mainly on higher expenses, especially towards transport, health, food and clothing, according to official data.

The All Items less Farm Produce or Core inflation, which excludes the prices of volatile agricultural produce, rose by 11.2% in March 2018, down by 0.5% points from the rate recorded in February (11.7%).

Overall, it added, inflation in the food basket was 2.81 per cent, lower than 3.26 per cent in February.

The recent spikes in inflation levels have been attributed to a hardening of prices of essentials and the demand push caused by the government's decision to increase central government employees pay in line with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

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The RBI last week held its benchmark interest rate and lowered its inflation projections for the fiscal year that began on April 1, while listing the plan to provide minimum support prices for monsoon-sown crops as a risk to inflation.

Retail inflation, measured by Consumer Price Index (CPI), is the main price gauge that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) tracks.

"However, on a year-on-year basis, the manufacturing sector expanded by a healthy 8.7 per cent, while the mining sector's output dipped by (-) 0.3 per cent and the sub-index of electricity generation increased by 4.5 per cent". The IIP had risen by 7.5 per cent in January, up from the 7.1 per cent growth seen in December.

"Encouraging growth-inflation mix is on hand, as inflation moderated, whilst production numbers rang in another good month, helped also by base effects when the demonetisation impact had depressed prices and economic activity", said Radhika Rao, India economist, DBS Bank.

India's industrial output grew at 7.1 per cent in February due to robust performance of the manufacturing sector.

"Despite the positive news on the food inflation front, we believe that inflationary pressures remain tilted to the upside and are likely to hover around the 5 per cent mark in FY 2018-19".

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