Taiwan: Inflation eases in November
December 5, 2011
In November, consumer prices fell 0.04%, which was virtually unchanged over the previous month, and contrasted the 0.53% increase witnessed in October. The monthly reading reflected a drop in prices for clothing, which was partially offset by higher food prices. Annual headline inflation dropped from 1.3% in October to 1.0% in November, its lowest level since November 2010, defying market expectations which saw inflation unchanged at 1.3%. The core inflation index, which excludes volatile categories such as fresh food and energy, decreased 0.08% over the previous month, and annual core inflation eased from 1.5% in October to 1.2% in November. In addition, annual average headline inflation remained unchanged from October's 1.4%. The government expects full-year inflation at 1.4% this year and 1.1% in 2012.