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Jakarta Post

BPS records 0.1 percent inflation in April

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 2, 2018   /   02:49 pm
BPS records 0.1 percent inflation in April Central Statistics Agency (BPS) head Suhariyanto (left) and BPS deputy for statistics distribution and service Yunita Rusanti speak at a press conference on Dec. 15. (JP/Stefani Ribka)

Inflation stood at 0.1 percent in April, slightly lower than the 0.2 percent recorded in the previous month, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Wednesday.

Year-on-year (yoy) inflation was recorded at 3.41 percent in April, lower than 4.17 percent and 3.6 percent recorded in the corresponding month in 2017 and 2016, respectively.

The latest figure also brought year-to-date inflation at 1.09 percent.

The government is targeting inflation of between 2.5 percent and 4.5 percent this year.

BPS statistics distribution and service deputy Yunita Rusanti said the highest contributor to the April inflation was the clothing category (0.29 percent), mainly driven by price increases in gold jewelry.

Meanwhile, the food ingredients category posted deflation of 0.26 percent in April, particularly due to decreasing prices of rice, fish and chili, said Yunita.

Meanwhile, the food ingredients commodities that contributed to the inflation included shallots and chicken, which contributed 0.07 percent and 0.03 percent, respectively.

The price increase in non-subsidized fuel Pertalite also led to inflation in the energy component by 0.3 percent in April, Yunita added. (bbn)