Malaysia Inflation


Inflation holds steady at highest level in nearly three years

Consumer prices rose 0.1% over the previous month in March, which was down from the 0.3% rise tallied in February. The increase mainly reflected higher prices for restaurants and hotels, transport, and healthcare.

Annual inflation stabilized at February's 3.5% in March, which was in line with market expectations. The reading marks the highest level since June 2011. Annual average inflation increased from February's 2.4% to 2.6%. A series of subsidy cuts the government introduced to ease concerns over the fiscal deficit is partially contributing to inflationary pressures.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect inflation to average 3.3% in 2014, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month's projection. For 2015, the panel sees inflation rising to 3.4%.

Author:, Economist

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Malaysia Inflation March 2014

Note: Annual variation of consumer price index (CPI) in %.
Source: Department of Statistics Malaysia and FocusEconomics calculations.

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