June 1, 2017 / 7:09 AM / 3 months ago

Pakistani inflation rises to 5.02 percent - statistics bureau

A man selling mangoes pushes his wares on a cart at a market in Karachi, Pakistan, June 1, 2015.Akhtar Soomro/Files

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's inflation rate rose to 5.02 percent year-on-year in May from 4.78 percent a month earlier, the state Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday.

On a month-on-month basis, prices were roughly flat, inching up 0.01 percent in May, the bureau said.

Month-on-month price rises in food items such as cucumber, lemon and potatoes offset a steep drop in costs of squash and tomatoes.

Reporting by Islamabad bureau; Editing by Robert Birsel

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