Singapore – Jan Consumer Price Index
23/02/2021 02:23 pm MYT
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In Jan, the consumer price index (CPI) remained unchanged month-on-month, but edged up by 0.2% year-on-year (figure 1).
 

Month-on-month, the MAS core inflation, which excludes accommodation and private road transportation costs, increased by 0.1%. On a year-on-year basis, the core inflation declined by 0.2%.
 

As Singapore’s economy remains weak, disinflationary or even deflationary pressures will persist in the near term.

 

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