Indonesia's annual inflation rate accelerated for a second straight month in November, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said on Monday. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)

November Inflation Rate Surprisingly Picks Up

BY :MAIKEL JEFRIANDO AND TABITA DIELA

DECEMBER 03, 2018

Jakarta. Indonesia's annual inflation rate accelerated for a second straight month in November, the statistics office said on Monday, against an expectation for price pressures to ease.

The consumer price index rose 3.23 percent in November from a year earlier, Central Statistics Agency (BPS) chief Suhariyanto said, attributing the increase to rising prices of some food products and airfares. On a monthly basis, it rose 0.27 percent.

October's rate was 3.16 percent, while a Reuters poll had expected a November annual inflation rate of 3.15 percent.

The November rate was still well within the central bank's target range of 2.5 percent to 4.5 percent for 2018.

The annual core inflation rate, which excludes government-controlled and volatile prices, also picked up more than expected in November to 3.03 percent, from 2.94 percent in October. The poll had expected a core inflation rate of 2.97 percent.

Bank Indonesia has hiked interest rates six times this year by a total of 175 basis points since May to support the rupiah, despite benign inflation. The currency plumbed levels not seen since 1998 earlier this year but has sharply strengthened last month due to improving global investor sentiment.

Reuters

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