The annual inflation rate in Hong Kong rose to 2.9 percent in April 2019 from 2.1 percent in the previous month and above market expectations of 2.1 percent. It was the highest inflation rate since February last year, mainly boosted by housing due to a lower ceiling of rates concession and inbound and outbound transport fares. Inflation Rate in Hong Kong averaged 4.32 percent from 1981 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 16 percent in October of 1981 and a record low of -6.10 percent in August of 1999.

Inflation Rate in Hong Kong is expected to be 2.60 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in Hong Kong to stand at 2.30 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Hong Kong Inflation Rate is projected to trend around 2.80 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-02-22 08:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY 2.4% 2.5% 2.3%
2019-03-21 08:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY 2.1% 2.4% 2.3%
2019-04-23 08:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY 2.1% 2.1% 1.6% 1.7%
2019-05-23 08:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY 2.9% 2.1% 2.1% 2%
2019-06-21 08:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY 2.9% 2.8%
2019-07-22 08:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY 2.6%
2019-08-20 08:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY



Hong Kong April Inflation Rate at 14-Month High of 2.9%

The annual inflation rate in Hong Kong rose to 2.9 percent in April 2019 from 2.1 percent in the previous month and above market expectations of 2.1 percent. It was the highest inflation rate since February last year, mainly boosted by housing due to a lower ceiling of rates concession and inbound and outbound transport fares.

Year-on-year, prices went up further for transport (2.7 percent from 2 percent in March); housing (4.3 percent from 2.9 percent), namely private housing rent (3.9 percent from 2.2 percent); and miscellaneous services (3.1 percent from 1.1 percent). Additionally, cost dropped less for electricity, gas and water (-4.3 percent from -5.4 percent) and durable goods (-2.1 percent from -2.4 percent).

Meanwhile, prices slowed for food (3 percent from 3.1 percent), in particular meals bought away from home (2.2 percent from 2.3 percent) and other food (4.6 percent from 4.7 percent); miscellaneous goods (1.9 percent from 2.1 percent); and alcoholic drinks and tobacco (2.3 percent from 2.5 percent). Also, cost of clothing and footwear fell(-1 percent from 0.3 percent).

Underlying consumer inflation, which excludes the effects of one-off government relief measures such as tax cuts for lower income individuals; extra allowance for the elderly, child & disabled people; students' grants increased to 3 percent in April from 2.4 percent in the prior month.

"Looking ahead, inflation will likely stay moderate in the near term. The earlier easing in fresh-letting residential rentals should have a mitigating effect in the coming months. External price pressures have also eased recently. The Government will continue to monitor the situation closely, particularly the impact on the lower-income people", a Government spokesman said.


Census and Statistics Department | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
5/23/2019 8:54:53 AM



Hong Kong Prices Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Inflation Rate 2.90 2.10 16.00 -6.10 percent [+]
Consumer Price Index CPI 109.60 108.80 109.60 21.40 Index Points [+]
GDP Deflator 105.80 104.60 105.80 13.60 Index Points [+]
Producer Prices 113.20 110.60 114.80 84.70 Index Points [+]
Export Prices 104.00 104.50 105.50 54.50 Index Points [+]
Import Prices 104.10 104.20 105.80 51.90 Index Points [+]
Producer Prices Change 0.30 3.70 9.59 -6.20 percent [+]
Inflation Rate Mom 0.70 -0.30 3.10 -2.43 percent [+]
Food Inflation 3.00 3.10 8.20 -0.60 percent [+]
CPI Transportation 107.60 107.00 116.50 98.20 Index Points [+]


Hong Kong Inflation Rate

In Hong Kong, the composite consumer price index is based on a monthly survey conducted throughout the territory. The indicator consists of 980 consumer goods and services classified into 9 major groups. Housing accounts for 31.6 percent of total weight, Food for 27.5 percent and Miscellaneous Services such as education, communications, information and medical care for 15.9 percent. Transport constitutes 8.5 percent of total index; Durable Goods for 5.2 percent; Miscellaneous Goods for 4.2 percent and Clothing and Footwear for 3.4 percent. Electricity, Gas and Water account for 3.1 percent and Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco for the remaining 0.6 percent. This page provides the latest reported value for - Hong Kong Inflation Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Hong Kong Inflation Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.90 2.10 16.00 -6.10 1981 - 2019 percent Monthly
2009/2010=100




Country Last Previous
Argentina 57.30 May/19
Australia 1.30 Mar/19
Brazil 4.66 May/19
Canada 2.00 Apr/19
China 2.70 May/19
Euro Area 1.20 May/19
France 0.90 May/19
Germany 1.40 May/19
India 3.05 May/19
Indonesia 3.32 May/19
Italy 0.80 May/19
Japan 0.90 Apr/19
Mexico 4.28 May/19
Netherlands 2.40 May/19
Russia 5.10 May/19
Saudi Arabia -1.90 Apr/19
Singapore 0.80 Apr/19
South Africa 4.40 Apr/19
South Korea 0.70 May/19
Spain 0.80 May/19
Switzerland 0.60 May/19
Turkey 18.71 May/19
United Kingdom 2.10 Apr/19
United States 1.80 May/19


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