March 31, 2017 / 9:58 AM / 4 months ago

TABLE-Sri Lanka's consumer prices rise 7.3 pct y/y in March

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    COLOMBO, March 31 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's consumer prices rose 7.3 percent in March from a
year earlier, accelerating from the previous month's 6.8 percent increase under a revised
base-year and market basket, data from the Department of Census and Statistics showed on Friday.
    Core annual inflation, which excludes fresh food, energy, transport, rice and coconuts, rose
7.3 percent in March compared with the previous month's 7.1 percent gain, the index with a new
base year of 2013 showed.
    On a month-on-month basis, the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) fell 0.2 percent this
month, compared with last month's 0.5 percent increase. 
    March inflation, as measured on a 12-month moving average basis, hit 5.0 percent, compared
with last month's 4.6 percent. 
    The following table shows Sri Lanka's consumer price index for March.
                                 March 2017    February 2017
   Colombo CPI (new index)            116.5            116.7
   Annual average (pct change)          5.0              4.6 
   Change on year (pct)                 7.3              6.8 
   Change Month on month (pct)         (0.2)             0.5 
   Core annual inflation                7.3              7.1 
   (Base 2013=100)    
    For details, please check: www.statistics.gov.lk/

 (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Shihar Aneez and Amrutha Gayathri)
  

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