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Malaysia: Inflation drops to over-five-year low in February

March 20, 2015

Consumer prices declined 0.6% in February over the previous month, which marked a less-pronounced drop than the 1.1% fall tallied in January. As in the previous month, February’s result was mainly driven by a sharp fall in prices for transport. Prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as for non-durable goods also dropped compared to the previous month. Conversely, prices for housing and healthcare were higher than in January.

Annual inflation dropped from 1.0% in January to 0.1% in February, which marked an over-five-year low. The result slightly undershot the 0.2% that the market had expected. As a result of February’s sharp slowdown, annual average inflation edged down from January’s 2.9% to 2.7% in February.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect inflation to average 3.9% in 2015, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s projection. For 2016, the panel sees inflation falling to 3.1%.


Author:, Economist

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Malaysia Inflation February 2015

Note: Annual and monthly variation of consumer price index in %.
Source: Department of Statistics Malaysia (DSM).


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