25 Mar '14, 4am

Surprise dip in #inflation to 4-year low of 0.4% #Singapore #statistics

INFLATION fell more than expected to a four-year low last month, as car prices dropped from their peak and food and housing costs grew more slowly. Consumer prices rose just 0.4 per cent in February over last year, compared with 1.4 per cent in January. It was the smallest increase since January 2010, data from the Singapore Department of Statistics showed yesterday. Last month's inflation was lower than the 1 per cent that many economists had expected, leading some to cut their forecasts for this year. But they said it was a temporary respite, and believe inflation will rise again in coming months. "We expect inflation to show a marked pickup from April onwards and gradually normalise to 2 to 3 per cent in 2014," said CIMB's Mr Song Seng Wun. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is therefore unlikely to let February's low inflation change its approach of a gradual an...

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