Saudi Arabia Inflation January 2020

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Saudi Arabia: Consumer prices increase for the second consecutive month in January

February 18, 2020

Consumer prices ticked down 0.1% over the previous month in January, contrasting December’s 0.1% increase. The print mainly reflected lower prices for housing and utilities, and clothing and footwear.

In January, inflation increased to 0.4% from 0.2% in the month prior. Meanwhile, the annual average variation in consumer prices declined 1.0% in January, compared to the 1.2% decrease in December.

This year inflation is expected to edge higher on the back of stronger economic activity, driven mainly by a resilient non-oil private sector. Moreover, a 50% levy on a selection of sweetened beverages in December last year should also stoke food prices going forward.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect inflation to be 1.4% in 2020, which is unchanged from last month’s projection. The panel sees inflation averaging 2.0% in 2021.


Author:, Economist

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Saudi Arabia Inflation January 20 20

Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month variation of consumer price index in %.
Source: General Authority for Statistics (GAS).


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