Indonesias inflation rose 0.32 percent in January 2019

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesias inflation rose 0.32 percent in January 2019 partly due to an increase in the prices of fresh fish, rice, and vegetables, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

"Januarys inflation was influenced by the prices of fresh fish, rice, and vegetables," BPS Chief Suhariyanto remarked at a press briefing here on Friday.

The price hike contributed to the inflation of foodstuffs, recorded at 0.92 percent, he noted.

"Fresh fish recorded an inflation of 0.06 percent, and rice witnessed an inflation of 0.04 percent. Actually, the rice price hike was normal in several cities, as the price was relatively stable," he revealed.

The prices of other commodities, including of purebred chicken meat and eggs, also rose in January.

The spending groups that also recorded inflation were garments, at 0.47 percent; housing, water, electricity, gas, and fuels, 0.28 percent; and processed food, beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco, 0.27 percent.

Medical care and education, recreation and sports contributed 0.27 percent and 0.24 percent respectively to the January 2019 inflation. However, transportation, communication, and financial services recorded a deflation of 0.16 percent.

"Deflation in the transportation sector was contributed by a 0.04 percent decline in the prices of Pertalite, Pertamax, and Pertamax Turbo gasoline and a 0.02 percent drop in the prices of railway tickets," he noted.

However, air tickets contributed 0.02 percent to the January 2019 inflation.

"Last year, air tickets had recorded a deflation, but now, they are expensive," he stated.

The January 2019 inflation brought the calendar inflation to 0.32 percent and year-on-year inflation to 2.82 percent.

The inflation in January 2019 was also relatively low as compared to 0.62 percent in January 2018 and 0.97 percent in January 2017.

Source: Antara News

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