Taiwan: Inflation picks up in September
October 5, 2018
Consumer prices increased 0.17% in September from the previous month, contrasting the 0.07% fall recorded in August. The increase was mainly driven by a sharp upswing in the prices of vegetables, and by higher prices for eggs, and nursery and nursing care services—resulting from bonuses traditionally awarded during the Mid-Autumn Festival. On the other hand, prices of transportation and entertainment fell, partly offsetting the price increases.
Inflation edged up to 1.7% in September, from 1.5% in August. Meanwhile, annual average inflation also inched up from August’s 1.2% to 1.3% in September.
Core consumer prices, which exclude prices for energy, fruits and vegetables, fell 0.22% over the previous month in September, up from a 0.27% contraction in August. Core inflation inched down to 1.2% in September, from 1.4% in August.
Taiwan Inflation Forecast
The government expects inflation to average 1.5% in 2018, while FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect inflation to average 1.6% in the same year. For 2019, the panel sees inflation averaging 1.4%, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast.
Author: Joffrey Simonet, Economist