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Consumer Price Index Malaysia July 2019

Release Date : Wednesday 14, August 2019 1200

 

 

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 1.4 per cent in July 2019 to 121.5 as against 119.8 in the same month of the preceding year. The increase in the overall index was driven by the index of Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (3.3%), Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (2.4%), Recreation Services & Culture (2.4%), Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (2.3%) and Communication (2.1%). (Chart 1)

On a monthly basis, CPI rose 0.1 per cent as compared to June 2019. It was mainly supported by the index of Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (0.3%), Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (0.2%) and Transport (0.2%). Meanwhile, CPI for the period of January – July 2019 registered an increase of 0.3 per cent as compared to the same period last year.


Chart 1: Consumer Price Index (2010=100): Percentage Change by Main Groups, Malaysia, July 2019/July 2018

 

 

Index for Sub-Groups Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

The index for Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages increased 2.4 per cent in July 2019 as compared to the same month of the previous year. The increase was attributed by the food sub-group index of Vegetables (4.7%), Milk & Eggs (2.6%) and Fruits (2.5%).

Among the index of goods which recorded price increases in most states were Fresh Red Chilli (21.8%), Fresh Green Chilli (16.3%), Round Cabbage (15.1%), Cockles (14.6%), Lettuce (14.4%), Yoghurt (13.9%) and Bird’s Eye Chillies (12.7%).

The index for Food Away From Home increased 4.4 per cent in July 2019 as against July 2018. The rise in the price of Burger, Fried Chicken, Pizza and Sea Food Other Than Fish contributed to the increase of the index of this sub-group. (Table 1)

Table 1: Consumer Price Index (2010=100): Annual Percentage Change by Sub-Groups Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Malaysia, July 2019/July 2018

 

Consumer Price Index by States 

Four states namely Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (2.2%), Pulau Pinang (2.1%), Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya (1.7%) and Johor (1.5%) surpassed the national CPI rate of 1.4 per cent in July 2019 as compared to July 2018. Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan and Perak showed the same rate of increase as the national CPI.

All states registered increase in the index of Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages. The highest increases were recorded by Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (4.4%), Pulau Pinang (3.0%), Johor (2.7%) and Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya (2.6%) and the increase surpassed the national index of Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages in July 2019. (Chart 2)


Chart 2: Consumer Price Index (2010=100): Annual Percentage Change for Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages by State, July 2019/July 2018

 

Core Index

Core index increased 2.0 per cent in July 2019 as compared to the same month of the previous year. Among the major groups which influenced the higher core rate were price increases of Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (3.3%), Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (3.1%), Recreation Services & Culture (2.4%) and Communication (2.1%).

Core index excludes most volatile items of fresh food as well as administered prices of goods and services. (Table 2)

Table 2: Consumer Price Index (2010=100): Percentage Change of Headline CPI, Seasonally Adjusted Index and Core Index by Main Groups, Malaysia, July 2019/July 2018

Annex 1: Average Price for Selected Items in Malaysia, July 2019 (RM) 


Released By:

DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA

DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
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14 August 2019

 

Contact person:

Rohaida binti Mohamad 
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : rohaida.mohamad[at]dosm.gov.my

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