Philippines: Inflation rises in November
December 7, 2016
In November, consumer prices in the Philippines rose 0.6% from the previous month, accelerating from October’s 0.2% increase and recording the highest result since January 2014. The rise mainly reflected higher prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as for alcoholic beverages and tobacco.
Inflation was 2.5% in November, which was up from October’s 2.3% and the highest result since February 2015. Annual average inflation inched up to a 13-month high of 1.7% from the 1.6% recorded in October. Annual average inflation is an important indicator as the Central Bank uses it as a guide for monetary policy, with an inflation target for the 2016–2018 period set at 3.0% plus/minus one percentage point.
Core consumer prices, which exclude volatile items such as foodstuffs and oil, rose 0.4% in November from the previous month, up from October’s 0.1% rise. Finally, core inflation in November was 2.4%, marginally higher than October’s 2.3%.