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Indonesia's annual inflation falls to lowest in 20 years in June

| Updated: July 01, 2020 18:05:05


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The consumer price index in June logged the lowest level since May 2000 as the novel coronavirus pandemic stretched deep the country's economy and depressed demands.

The National Agency of Statistics on Wednesday announced that the inflation steeply dropped by 1.96 per cent in June on the yearly basis compared with 2.19 per cent in May.

The core inflation, exempting administered prices and volatile prices, slipped 2.26 per cent in June on the yearly basis from 2.65 per cent in May, the agency's head Kecuk Suhariyanto noted.

However, on the monthly basis, the inflation ticked up 0.18 per cent in June from 0.07 per cent in May, Suhariyanto added.

The official pointed out that the virus pandemic had changed the pattern of the monthly inflation in June following the Islamic festivity which fell in May, reports XInhua.

"In the previous years, the peak of the inflation took place during the Islamic fasting month which was ended with the festivity. But the pattern did not happen this year," said Suhariyanto.

Demands of goods and fashion products usually leap when the world's largest Muslim country, Indonesia, celebrates the Eid al-Fitr festivity.

Indonesia first reported the COVID-19 cases in March, followed by the implementation of partial lockdowns along with physical distancing policy, halting public mobility and household spending.

In April the annual inflation slowed to 2.67 per cent from 2.96 per cent in March, according to data from the agency.

Due to the low inflation, the central bank, Bank Indonesia, was expected to make a further loosening stride.

Heading to a new normal scenario, Indonesia has gradually reopened the economy and restored activities in the tourism sector under tight health protocols.

 

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