Singapore's annual inflation rate came in at 0.7 percent in October 2018, unchanged from the previous month and slightly below market consensus of 0.8 percent. Food prices rose at a slower pace while cost of housing and transport continued to fall.
Food inflation eased to 1.4 percent in October from 1.6 percent a month earlier. Among food excluding food servicing services, cost increased less for bread & cereals (1.8 percent vs 2.9 percent in September) and fruits (2.8 percent vs 3.3 percent); and declined for both vegetables (-1.6 percent vs -1.1 percent) and meat (-0.4 percent vs -0.3 percent). By contrast, prices increased further for oils & fats (2.7 percent vs 0.7 percent), and milk, cheese & eggs (1.8 percent vs 1.5 percent). Among food servicing services, inflation eased for restaurant food (1.8 percent vs 2.0 percent) and hawker food including food courts (1.5 percent vs 1.6 percent).
Also, inflation slowed for clothing & footwear (1.2 percent vs 1.8 percent); healthcare (1.8 percent vs 2 percent); and recreation & culture (1.0 percent vs 1.2 percent); and was steady for miscellaneous goods & services (at 1.1 percent). In addition, prices continued to fall for housing & utilities (-0.2 percent vs -0.5 percent), transport (-0.5 percent vs -0.1 percent) and communication (-1.2 percent vs -1.6 percent). Meanwhile, prices went up faster for education (3.2 percent vs 2.9 percent) and household durables & services (0.9 percent vs 0.8 percent).
Annual core inflation, which exclude costs of accommodation and private road transport, edged up to 1.9 percent in October 2018 from 1.8 percent in September and matching expectations.
On a month-on-month basis, consumer prices fell 0.3 percent in October, after a flat reading in September.
11/23/2018 3:38:52 PM