Malaysia Inflation Rate Slows in April


Malaysia’s annual inflation rate eased to 3.4 percent in April of 2014 from 3.5 percent in the previous two months, due to lower food cost.

The impact of government subsidy cuts on transport, food, housing and electricity prices seems to be fading out.

In April of 2014, prices decelerated for food and non-alcoholic beverages (3.6 percent yoy from 3.9 percent yoy in March), and furnishings, household equipment and maintenance (1.0 percent from 1.1 percent). Communication prices declined 0.6 percent. Cost of alcoholic beverages and tobacco, clothing and footwear, housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels, health and education remained unchanged.

On a monthly basis, consumer prices were flat in April, following a 0.1 percent increase in the previous month. Cost of clothing and footwear fell 0.1 percent and prices of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels were flat. Prices of food and non-alcoholic fell 0.1 percent (after a 0.1 percent increase in March), mainly due to a drop in cost of tomatoes (-24.4 percent); round cabbage (-3.1 percent); onion big (-2.7 percent ); cuttlefish (-2.5 percent ); chicken (-2.3 percent); tuna (-2.1 percent); round scad (fish) (-1.5 percent ); shallots (-1.3 percent); indian mackerel (fish) (-0.3 percent) and oranges (-0.2 percent). 

Malaysia Inflation Rate Slows in April


Department of Statistics, Malaysia | Isabel Felino | isabel.felino@tradingeconomics.com
5/21/2014 11:06:10 AM