Private road transport cost climbed by 5.7 percent in April, reversing four consecutive months of decline. This reflected the rise in COE premiums which was exacerbated by the low base in April 2013. Petrol pump prices also edged up at a faster pace compared to the previous month.
The rise in accommodation cost moderated further to 1.1 percent from 1.7 percent in March, mainly due to a smaller increase in imputed rentals on owner-occupied accommodation. Services inflation was higher at 2.7 percent compared to 2.4 percent in March, led by a pickup in the cost of holiday travel and public road transport.
Food inflation rose to 3.1 percent from 2.9 percent a month ago, reflecting steeper price increases of both non-cooked food and prepared meals. Retail-related items added more to overall inflation in April. Notably, clothing and footwear prices rose after four consecutive months of decline.
MAS Core Inflation, which excludes the cost of accommodation and private road transport, rose to 2.3 percent from 2.0 percent a month ago, on account of the pickup in the cost of services, food and retail-related items.
On a month-on-month basis, the CPI fell by 0.2 percent in April following the 0.3 percent increase in March.