Inflation in Malaysia
Malaysia - Inflation
Inflation returns in March
Consumer prices rose 0.2% month-on-month in March, matching February’s figure and largely driven by higher transport prices.
In year-on-year terms, consumer prices rose 0.2% in March, contrasting February’s 0.4% fall but slightly below market expectations. Core inflation—which excludes certain types of fresh food and administered prices of goods and services—was 0.5%, up from February’s 0.3%.
Looking ahead, price pressures should continue to build amid higher oil prices and as the impact of last year’s tax holiday fades. However, inflation will still be mild.
According to Prakash Sakpal, economist at ING: “The persistence of low inflation has brought central bank (BNM) monetary easing back on the table for the next policy meeting on 7 May when we expect a 25 basis point cut in the overnight policy rate to 3.00%.”
FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect inflation to average 1.4% in 2019 and 2.3% in 2020.
Malaysia - Inflation Data
|Inflation Rate (CPI, annual variation in %)||2.1||3.1||2.1||2.1||3.8|
5 years of economic forecasts for more than 30 economic indicators.
Malaysia Inflation Chart
Source: Department of Statistics Malaysia and FocusEconomics calculations.
|Bond Yield||3.73||0.15 %||Jun 14|
|Exchange Rate||4.17||0.0 %||Jun 14|
|Stock Market||1,639||-0.29 %||Jun 14|
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June 11, 2019
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June 3, 2019
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June 3, 2019
The manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which is produced by IHS Markit and Nikkei, dropped to 48.8 in May from 49.4 in April.
May 16, 2019
The economy softened in the first quarter of the year, growing 4.5% in annual terms over the same quarter a year earlier.
May 10, 2019
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