Saudi Arabia: Consumer prices decline sharply in January
February 20, 2019
Consumer prices fell 0.3% over the previous month in January, following December’s 0.3% decline. The drop was mainly due to lower prices for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels as well as for clothing and footwear.
In January, consumer prices fell 1.9% in annual terms, the sharpest decline since January 2001. January’s print contrasted the 2.2% increase in December. Meanwhile, the annual average variation in consumer prices declined from 2.5% in December to 2.1% in January.
Along with the complete absorption of the VAT in January 2018, January’s weak print reflected subdued domestic demand.
Saudi Arabia Inflation Forecast
FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect inflation to average 2.0% in 2019, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s projection. The panel sees inflation averaging 2.2% in 2020.