Singapore core inflation rises at fastest pace in nearly 8 years

Singapore core inflation rises at fastest pace in nearly 8 years

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view of residential properties in Singapore November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s key price gauge climbed in December by its fastest pace in nearly eight years, exceeding economist forecasts, driven by a steep increase in air fares, official data showed on Monday.

The core inflation rate — the central bank’s favoured price measure – rose to 2.1% in December on a year-on-year basis, the highest since July 2014. A Reuters poll of economists had forecast a 1.7% increase.

Headline inflation rose by 4%, beating economists’ forecast of 3.75%.

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