Jakarta. Indonesia's annual inflation rate in December picked up pace for the first time since June, as consumers shopped for year-end holidays, the Central Statistics Agency data showed on Tuesday (02/01).
The headline consumer price index (CPI) rose 3.61 percent in December from a year earlier, compared with a near one-year low of 3.30 percent in November. Analysts in a Reuters poll forecast annual inflation at 3.40 percent in December.
The central bank had estimated Indonesia's inflation to be at between 3.0 percent and 3.5 percent by year-end.
On a monthly basis, the CPI rose 0.71 percent in December. Prices of food and transportation contributed to the pick-up in inflation, according to the statistics agency.
The annual core inflation rate, which excludes volatile food and administered prices, was 2.95 percent in December, compared with 3.05 percent in November.