Malaysia Inflation September 2019

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Malaysia: Inflation eases in September

October 23, 2019

Consumer prices were unchanged over the prior month in September, following August’s 0.3% increase. The reading was driven by lower prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages and health offsetting higher prices for recreation and culture and education.

Inflation decelerated to 1.1% in September from 1.5% in August, dragged down by a sharp drop in transport costs. Going forward, price pressures should increase slightly due to the weakening of the ringgit so far this year, the Bank’s recent monetary easing and robust domestic demand.

Our panel expects inflation to average 2.0% in 2020, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and 2.2% in 2021.


Author:, Economist

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Malaysia Inflation September 2019 1

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


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