Inflation in June 2018

Headline Inflation, as measured by the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI, 2013=100), which is compiled by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS), increased to 2.5 per cent in June 2018 from 2.1 per cent in May 2018, on year-on-year basis, mainly driven by monthly increase in the prices of items in the Food category. The change in the NCPI measured on an annual average basis decreased from 5.7 per cent in May 2018 to 5.3 per cent in June 2018.

When monthly change is considered, the NCPI increased from 124.3 index points in May 2018 to 126.5 index points in June 2018 largely due to the increase in prices of the items in the Food category, particularly that of vegetables, fresh fish, green chillies, and potatoes. Meanwhile, within the Non-food category, prominent price increase was observed in Transport category mainly due to the upward administered price revisions to petrol, diesel and bus fare.

The NCPI Core inflation, which reflects the underlying inflation in the economy, increased marginally to 1.8 per cent in June 2018 from 1.7 per cent in May 2018 on year-on-year basis. Meanwhile, annual average NCPI Core inflation declined to 2.9 per cent in June 2018 from 3.1 per cent in May 2018.


Published Date: 

Monday, July 23, 2018