Inflation to stay at low end of target range: BI

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Bank Indonesia (BI) believes the countrys inflation rate throughout this year will stand at 3-3.5 percent, at the lower end of the inflation target range of three to five percent.

The declining trend of inflation rate is caused by the low core inflation, coupled with the low pressure of imported goods and domestic demand, BI Governor Agus Martowardojo stated in a press conference here on Thursday night.

"By the end of 2017, the inflation is expected to remain low at 3-3.5 percent," he noted.

Indonesias inflation stood at 3.02 percent year-on-year in 2016.

The central bank believed that the inflationary pressure from volatile foods will remain under control until the end of this year mainly due to control in the supply of goods, which will eventually lead to price stability.

The administered prices of goods will also remain under control, he remarked.

In October 2017, the monthly inflation rose by 0.01 percent, bringing the annual inflation to 3.58 percent.

Despite the low inflation rate, household consumption slowed down.

Meanwhile, BI Deputy Governor Perry Warjiyo pointed out that the low inflation rate should have increased the peoples purchasing power. However, the purchasing power is highly dependent on the economic recovery.

"In fact, economic recovery is ongoing, and household consumption continues to improve though in an uneven manner," he stated.

The increase in household consumption is reflected by an 18.1 percent rise in the sales of motorcycles in the third quarter of 2017, while car sales grew 7.8 percent, and retail sales increased five to six percent, he added.

Source: ANTARA News

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