Taiwan: Inflation rises in May
June 5, 2012
In May, consumer prices added 0.49% over the previous month, which was below the 0.94% rise recorded in April. The monthly increase mainly reflected a sharp rise in prices for food, which more than offset lower prices across most of the remaining categories. Despite the milder monthly rise, annual headline inflation increased from 1.4% in April to 1.7%, overshooting market expectations of 1.4%. The core inflation index, which excludes volatile categories such as fresh food and energy, added 0.03% over the previous month. As a result, annual core inflation remained stable at April's 0.9%. Finally, annual average headline inflation remained unchanged for a third consecutive month at 1.4%. The government expects inflation to average 1.9% this year.