Inflation in Thailand

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Inflation moderates sharply in December

Consumer prices dropped 0.65% over the previous month in December, a sharper drop than November’s 0.22% decrease. The result came on the heels of a significant drop in the price level for food and non-alcoholic beverages; transportation and communication; non-food and beverages; and raw food and energy.

Inflation marked starkly from 0.9% in November to 0.4% in December, far removed from the Bank of Thailand’s 1.0%–4.0% target range. Lastly, core inflation, which excludes raw food and energy, was stable at November’s 0.7% in December.

For 2018 as a whole, inflation averaged 1.1% and came in just above the lower limit of the Bank of Thailand’s target range. Charmon Boonnuch and Euben Paracuelles, Asia economists at Nomura, added that the “sharp drop [in headline inflation] was mainly driven by oil prices, as core CPI inflation remained steady” and the expectations of low oil prices this year following the recent freefall in the price for oil means that downside risks to inflation are increasing. This ultimately makes it harder for the Central Bank to justify a potential rate hike this year.

Thailand Inflation Forecast

The Bank of Thailand sees inflation at 1.0% in 2019. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect inflation to average 1.4% in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2020, panelists predict average inflation of 1.6%.

Thailand - Inflation Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Inflation Rate (CPI, annual variation in %)2.2  1.9  -0.9  0.2  0.7  

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Thailand Inflation Chart

Thailand Inflation
Note: Annual variation of consumer price index (CPI) in %.
Source: Bureau of Trade and Economics and FocusEconomics calculations.

Thailand Facts

Bond Yield2.490.0 %Jan 16
Exchange Rate31.780.17 %Jan 16
Stock Market1,577-1.41 %Jan 16

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