Inflation down in November | Sunday Observer

Inflation down in November

Inflation decreased to 8.4 per cent in November from 8.8 per cent in October 2017, on year-on-year basis, a Central Bank release stated . The change in the NCPI measured on an annual average basis increased from 7.1 per cent in October 2017 to 7.5 per cent in November 2017.

When the monthly change is considered, the NCPI increased from 124.8 index points in October 2017 to 126.4 index points in November 2017.

This monthly increase was mainly due to the increase in prices of the items in the Food category which was led by adverse supply side developments.

Price increase of coconuts, green chillies and vegetables were prominent.

Nevertheless, prices of fresh fish and some fruits declined. Meanwhile, prominent price increases were observable in payments to medical laboratories and Payments to private hospitals room charges.

The NCPI Core inflation, which reflects the underlying inflation in the economy, continued to follow the declining trend exhibited since the early months of the year. As such, the NCPI Core inflation decreased to 2.8 per cent in November 2017 from 4.1 per cent in October 2017 on yearon-year basis.

Annual average NCPI Core inflation declined from to 5.6 per cent in October 2017 to 5.2 per cent in November 2017.