Sri Lanka NCPI inflation at 8.2-pct in Feb 2017

Inflation

Mar 22, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI)
(2013=100), increased to 8.2 percent in February 2017 from 6.5 percent in January 2017, on year-on-year basis, a statement said.

“Both Food and Non-food categories contributed towards the year-on-year inflation in February 2017. The low base
that prevailed in February 2016 was the significant contributor to the sharp increase in year-on-year
inflation in February 2017, in addition to the monthly price increase observed,” The department of census and statistics said in their statement.

The change in the NCPI measured on an annual average basis increased to 5.1 per cent in February 2017 from 4.6 per cent in January 2017.

When the monthly change is considered, the NCPI increased from 119.3 index points to 119.9 index points from January 2017 to February 2017.

According to the department this monthly increase was mainly due to the increase in prices of the items in the food category.

“Within the Food category, prices of coconuts, vegetables, coconut oil, green chilies, and fresh fish increased during the month.”

In the non-food category, prices of items in transport; education; housing, water, electricity, gas and
other fuels; furnishing, household equipment and routine household maintenance; miscellaneous goods and services and clothing and footwear; sub-categories increased.

Prices in restaurants and hotels sub-category increased marginally.

Prices in alcoholic beverages and tobacco and recreation and culture decreased during February 2017 while prices in health subcategory reported a marginal decrease.

Meanwhile, prices in communication sub-category remained unchanged during the month.

The NCPI Core inflation, which reflects the underlying inflation in the economy remained unchanged at 7.1 percent in February 2017. Annual average NCPI Core inflation increased to 6.4 percent in February 2017 from 6.2 percent in January 2017.