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Inflation in RI touches 0.62 pct

2nd July 2012 | 2.444 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s inflation rate rose to 0.62 percent in June 2012, because of rising food prices, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

"The increase in food prices played a great role in contributing to the inflation rate," BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Monday.

The prices of red chillies, garlic, chicken meat, fresh fish, granulated sugar, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), eggs and jewelleries rose in June, compared with the previous month, he noted.

"A lack of supplies and a rise in animal feed prices were responsible for the price hikes," Suryamin explained.

The prices of the commodities increased by 10-80 percent, he added.

"However, the prices of cooking oil and fuel oil went down, which helped to keep inflation under control in June," Suryamin stated.

"The price of cooking oil fell in 45 cities included in the consumer price index (IHK)," he said.

"The June 2012 inflation rate took the year`s average inflation rate to 1.79 percent and the year-on-year inflation rate to 4.15 percent," Suryamin pointed out.

He said all of the 66 cities surveyed in June saw a rise in inflation, with the highest inflation rate, 2.39 percent, recorded in Ambon and the lowest inflation rate of 0.04 percent recorded in Bima.

The government has set a target of keeping the inflation rate within 6.8 percent in the revised 2012 state budget, based on the assumption of an increase in the prices of subsidised fuels.

Indonesia`s inflation rate fell to 0.07 percent in May 2012, which was the second-lowest for the month in the past six years, according to the BPS.(*)