TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The country saw 0.17 percent inflation in March after deflation in two previous months. The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded the year-on-year inflation figure at 6.38 percent.
BPS head Suryamin said of 82 cities, 54 of which saw inflation while the rest experienced deflation. The highest inflation took place in Manokwari with 0.84 percent, and the lowest in Padang and Cilacap at 0.01 percent. The highest deflation, meanwhile, happened in Tanjung Pandan with 1.97 percent.
Despite the inflation, Suryamin said, food commodities included in the components for inflation calculation saw 0.73 percent deflation. He added these components were reining on inflation at 0.16 percent.
“All food commodities are experiencing deflation, except rice,” he said in his office on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Food, beverages, cigarettes and tobacco also see 0.29 percent inflation at all components—the same goes for housing, electricity, gas and fuel. The component experiencing deflation is electricity tariffs.
The declining global gold prices have also triggered the deflation of clothing at 0.08 percent. The transportation, communication, and financial services, meanwhile, see 0.77 percent inflation. The higher inflation figure is said to be attributed to the price of Pertamax gasoline.
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