Vietnam: Inflation soars to 15-month high in June
June 29, 2018
According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, consumer prices rose 0.61% over the previous month in June, which marked a slightly bigger increase than the 0.55% month-on-month rise in May. A breakdown of the data shows that 10 out of the 11 sub-components saw higher prices, while the remaining category recorded lower prices. Prices for food and foodstuff rose the most, while prices for postal services and telecommunications declined.
Inflation shot up to a 15-month high of 4.7% in June, from 3.9% in May. This is the first time in 14 months that inflation has surpassed the Central Bank’s target of 4.0%. Meanwhile, annual average inflation edged up to 3.1% in June from 2.9% in May. Core consumer prices, which excludes prices for rent, electricity, water, fuel and construction materials, increased 0.10% over the previous month, following a 0.11% rise over the previous month in May. Core inflation remained stable at 1.4% in June.
Author: Nihad Ahmed, Economist