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Malaysia inflation picks up in August, slightly above forecast

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Malaysia's consumer price index in August edged up to 3.1 per cent from a year earlier due to sustained price increases in household expenses despite lower fuel costs, data showed on Wednesday.

[KUALA LUMPUR] Malaysia's consumer price index in August edged up to 3.1 per cent from a year earlier due to sustained price increases in household expenses despite lower fuel costs, data showed on Wednesday.

Inflation in August was slightly above a 3.0 per cent median forecast by economists in a Reuters poll, but less than 3.3 per cent in July.

Inflation has picked up considerably since a 6 per cent consumption tax went into effect in April, but economists expect prices to moderate as fuel costs remain low and the festive season of Eid al-Fitr ended in mid-August.

REUTERS

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