Malaysia: Inflation continues to decline in December
January 18, 2012
In December, consumer prices rose 0.1% over the previous month, which mirrored the reading observed in the November. The monthly price increase was mainly driven by higher prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages, which were partially offset by lower prices for clothing and footwear. Annual inflation continued to slow and sat at 3.0% in December, which is below both the 3.3% seen in November and market expectations of 3.1%. However, annual average inflation rose to 3.2% in December, up from the 3.1% observed in the previous month and thus ended the year within the range of 2.5% and 3.5% forecasted by the government.