Malaysia Inflation Rate Edges Up to 27-Month High


In January of 2014, Malaysian annual inflation rate accelerated for the fifth consecutive month to 3.4 percent, the highest rate since October of 2011, due to higher food, transport and electricity prices.

Year-on-year, notable price increases were recorded for transport (+ 5.3 percent); food and non-alcoholic beverages (+ 4.2 percent) and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (+ 3.2 percent). Other increases were observed for alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+ 14.1 percent); restaurants and hotels (+ 4.2 percent); education (+ 2.6 percent); health (+ 2.1 percent); furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance and recreation services and culture (+1.6 percent each). 

In contrast, downward pressures came from prices of miscellaneous goods and services (- 1.1 percent); communication (- 0.4 percent) and clothing and footwear (- 0.2 percent). 

When compared with the previous month, the CPI rose in January by 0.6 percent. The main increases were for cost of restaurants and hotels (+ 1.1 percent); food and non-alcoholic beverages; housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels and education by 0.8 percent each.

Malaysia Inflation Rate Edges Up to 27-Month High


Department of Statistics, Malaysia | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/19/2014 9:19:35 AM