In May, consumer prices added 0.39% over the previous month, which followed a 0.42% increase in April. The monthly rise was the result of higher prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages. Meanwhile, annual headline inflation remained stable at April's 2.5%, which marks the lowest level since November 2009. The core inflation index, which does not include more volatile categories such as fresh food and fuel, rose 0.29% over the previous month, up from the 0.10% increase observed in April. Annual core inflation inched down from 2.1% in April to 2.0% in May, thereby remaining well below the upper limit of the Central Bank's 0.5%-3.0% target range. Annual average inflation fell to 3.6% in May from 3.8% in April. The Bank of Thailand expects inflation to average 3.5% both this year and next.
Inflation remains steady in May
June 1, 2012
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Thailand Inflation Chart
Note: Month-on-month and year-on-year changes of consumer price index in %.
Source: Bureau of Trade and Economics (BTE) and FocusEconomics calculations.
Thailand Economic News
October 17, 2016
On 13 October, Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej died after a 70-year reign and his successor, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, has declared his wish to wait until he ascends the throne.
October 4, 2016
In September, consumer prices inched up 0.04% from the previous month, which contrasted the 0.04% decrease observed in August and overshot market expectations of a 0.1% increase.
September 30, 2016
In August, the trade balance recorded a USD 2.1 billion surplus, which was above the USD 0.7 billion surplus observed in the same month of the previous year and was also higher than the USD 0.8 billion surplus registered in July.
September 30, 2016
In August, manufacturing production increased 3.1% over the same month last year, which was a sharp upswing from the 5.0% contraction seen in July and marked the highest reading in over three years.
September 14, 2016
At its 14 September monetary policy meeting, the Bank of Thailand (BoT) decided unanimously to keep the one-day repurchase rate at 1.50% as the markets had expected. In its press release, the Bank commented that the Thai economy had accelerated in the second quarter on the back of strong private consumption and resilient public expenditure.