Taiwan: Inflation continues to moderate
February 5, 2013
In January, consumer prices fell 0.15% over the previous month, which contrasted the 0.24% price increase recorded in December. According to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting & Statistics (DGBAS) the monthly contraction was mostly the result of lower prices for clothing and vegetables.
Annual headline inflation fell from 1.6% in December to 1.1% in January, undershooting market expectations, which had inflation slowing only to 1.4%. Meanwhile, the core inflation index, which excludes volatile categories such as fresh food and energy, inched down to 0.14% in January, prompting annual core inflation to fall from 1.1% in December to 0.4%.