Inflation in Malaysia

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Malaysia - Inflation

Consumer prices continue to decline in February, albeit at reduced rate

Consumer prices rose 0.2% month-on-month in February, contrasting the 0.5% decline in January. February’s reading was driven by higher prices for transport; education; and furnishing and household equipment.

In year-on-year terms, consumer prices fell 0.4% in February, up slightly from January’s 0.7% drop, while annual average inflation eased from 0.7% in January to 0.5% in February. Core inflation—which excludes certain types of fresh food and administered prices of goods and services—registered 0.3%, up from January’s 0.2%.

All in all, February’s figures suggest consumer prices are bottoming out, and a recovery is forecast in the remainder of the year amid higher oil prices and as the impact of last year’s tax holiday fades.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect inflation to average 1.7% in 2019 and 2.3% in 2020.

Malaysia - Inflation Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Inflation Rate (CPI, annual variation in %)2.1  3.1  2.1  2.1  3.8  

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Malaysia Inflation
Note: Annual variation of consumer price index (CPI) in %.
Source: Department of Statistics Malaysia and FocusEconomics calculations.

Malaysia Facts

Bond Yield4.080.15 %Jan 30
Exchange Rate4.110.0 %Jan 30
Stock Market1,684-0.29 %Jan 30

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