Taiwan: Inflation moderates in October
November 5, 2012
In October, consumer prices declined 0.05% over the previous month, which followed the 0.33% fall recorded in September. The monthly drop mainly reflected lower prices for food and housing. As a result of the monthly fall, annual headline inflation declined from 3.0% in September to 2.4% in October, undershooting market expectations of 2.5%. Meanwhile, the core inflation index, which excludes volatile categories such as fresh food and energy, added 0.95% over the previous month (September: -0.07% month-on-month). As a result, annual core inflation rose from 0.9% in September to 1.1%. Finally, annual average headline inflation inched up from 1.8% in September to 1.9% in October. The government expects inflation to average 1.9% this year.