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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s key consumer price gauge rose 5.1% in December, slightly higher than the forecast, official data showed on Wednesday.
The core inflation rate – which excludes private road transport and accommodation costs – was unchanged from the 5.1% rise in November. A Reuters poll of economists had forecast a 5% increase in December.
Headline inflation eased to 6.5% year-on-year in December, from 6.7% in November.
For 2022 as a whole, core inflation averaged 4.1%, higher than the 0.9% recorded in 2021. Meanwhile, headline inflation came in at 6.1% last year, up from 2.3% in 2021.
The central bank had earlier said core inflation was likely to stay at around 5% for the early part of 2023.
It has also projected a core inflation rate of between 3.5% and 4.5% in 2023, with headline inflation coming in at between 5.5% and 6.5%.