Sri Lanka’s inflation declines further to 0.1-pct in March 2015: Central Bank

April 01, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka inflation declined to 0.1 percent in March 2015 from 0.6 percent in February on year-on-year basis as a result of the moderation of food prices during the month, the Central Bank said in a media release.

The data measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) (2006/07=100), which is computed by the Department of Census and Statistics.
Annual average inflation also declined from 2.9 per cent in February 2015 to 2.5 per cent in March 2015.

Sri Lanka’s consumer prices index declined by 0.4 per cent from February to March 2015.

“The main contributor for this decline was the moderation of food prices during the month,” Central Bank said.

“Prices of many vegetable varieties, rice, wheat flour, some varieties of dried fish and bakery products declined in March 2015, compared to the prices prevailed in February 2015,”

“However, prices of meat, some varieties of fresh fish, some varieties of fruits, coconuts and some prepared foods recorded increases during the month.”

Within the Non-food category, sub groups of Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and other Fuels; and Transport declined as a result of the full impact realised from the downward revision of LP gas prices and bus fares as per the interim Budget in February 2015.

However, prices in the sub categories of Clothing and Footwear; Furnishing, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance; Health; Recreation and Culture; and Miscellaneous Goods and Services recorded increases. Average prices in Education and Communication sub categories remained unchanged during the month.
Core inflation, which reflects the underlying inflation in the economy, increased to 1.4 per cent in March 2015, from 0.8 per cent in February 2015 on an year-on-year basis.

Annual average core inflation declined to 3.0 per cent in March 2015, from 3.2 per cent in February 2015.