Malaysia: Inflation eases down from three-year high in April
May 21, 2014
Consumer prices were flat over the previous month in April, which was down from the 0.1% rise tallied in March and marked the lowest level since December 2012. The flat reading reflected that higher prices for restaurants and hotels, as well as for healthcare, were offset by lower prices for communication and for food and non-alcoholic beverages. Annual inflation edged down from 3.5% in March to 3.4% in April, which was just below market expectations of a 3.5% increase. March's inflation marked the highest level since June 2011. Annual average inflation increased from March's 2.6% to 2.7%. A series of subsidy cuts the government introduced to ease concerns over the fiscal deficit is partially contributing to inflationary pressures.
Author: Carl Kelly, Economist