Russia: Inflation edge down in January
In January, consumer prices rose 0.3% from the previous month, a notch below the 0.4% month-on-month rise observed in December. According to the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), the result largely reflected a smaller rise in prices for foodstuffs.
Inflation remained edged down to a new historic low of 2.2% in January, below December’s 2.5%. Price pressures have fallen notably in 2017, in part due to a solid performance by the ruble. Inflation lies far below the Central Bank’s target of 4.0%. Annual average inflation also declined from 3.7% in December to 3.5% in January, another historical low.