September 21, 2008 / 3:21 PM / 9 years ago

Iraq inflation rises to 8.11 pct in August

BAGHDAD, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iraq’s year-on-year core inflation rose to 8.11 percent in August, up from 6.3 percent in July, on higher medical, food and rental costs, government data showed on Sunday.

The core inflation data excludes expenditure on oil, gas and petrol. Many Iraqis buy petrol on the black market, where prices fluctuate greatly. Government subsidies for gas and kerosene in recent months could also distort inflation data.

Non-core inflation fell 5.2 percent in August compared with last year, led by a 39.2 percent drop in energy and electricity costs, and a 7.9 percent fall in transport costs.

The price of medical services and medicines rose 16.5 percent in August compared with a year earlier, the largest contributor to core inflation.

Rents rose 12.2 percent, the cost of tobacco and drinks increased 13 percent, and food costs rose 11.5 percent.

A recent fall in violence in Iraq to four-year lows has stimulated the property market in some areas, pushing prices higher, realtors say. (Reporting by Mohammed Abbas: Editing by David Cowell)

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