Indonesia Inflation in December Eased to 2.98 Percent

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Indonesia inflation rate is expected to ease in December and remain in the central bank’s target range of 298 percent.

A Reuters poll of ten analysts forecasts annual Indonesia inflation at 2.98 percent in December which has improved from 3.23 percent in November.

December’s inflationary pressures stem from transportation and food items amid higher demand during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

The increase in Indonesia inflation is somewhat slower when compared with a year earlier, said Satria Sambijantoro, an economist at Bahana Sekuritas.

Economists have noted the government’s fruitful efforts to control inflation, which this year paired up with aggressive rate hikes from Indonesia’s central bank.

At the central bank’s policy review in December, the board of governors had forecast the annual inflation at end of 2018 to be below 3.2 percent.

The core inflation rate, which excludes government-controlled and volatile prices, is expected to be slightly higher at 3.07 percent, compared with 3.03 percent in November.

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