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Singapore Aug core inflation rises 3.4%, seen easing

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– Singapore’s key consumer price gauge rose 3.4% in August, almost matching economists’ forecasts, and easing compared with July’s figures due to lower inflation for services, food, retail and other goods, official data showed on Monday.

The core inflation rate – which excludes private road transport and accommodation costs – climbed 3.4% year-on-year in August, almost in line with a forecast in a poll of economists of 3.5%, and lower than the 3.8% seen in July.

“Global supply chain frictions have largely eased, and food commodity prices remain below year-ago levels,” said a joint statement by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the trade ministry.

Headline inflation in August was up 4% from the same month last year, as forecast in the poll.

“Consumer price inflation in Singapore’s major trading partners has also been on a gradual moderating trend,” the authorities added.

Economists are generally expecting MAS, the central bank, to keep monetary policy settings unchanged in a scheduled review next month, on a weak growth outlook and still-elevated but easing inflation.

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