February 1, 2018 / 5:24 AM / 2 days ago

TAKE A LOOK-Asia inflation: Tame prices keep pressure on BOJ to maintain stimulus

Japan's headline inflation slowed in March from February, highlighting the
central bank's struggle to hit its 2 percent price growth target after five
years of heavy stimulus, keeping it under pressure to maintain an ultra-easy
monetary policy.
   The core consumer price index, which includes oil products but excludes
volatile fresh food prices, rose 0.9 percent year-on-year in March, matching
economists' median estimate, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
data showed on Friday.

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  MARCH 2018
> Tame inflation keeps pressure on BOJ to stand pat                
> India's March retail inflation eases to 5-month low              
> Philippine inflation at5-yr high,BSP reviews response             
> Indonesia inflation rate accelerates to 3.4 pct y/y              
> Thai headline CPI rises 0.79 pct y/y, below f'cast               
> India WPI eases for 3rd month as food prices cool                
> India CPI dips for 2nd month, RBI seen on April hold             
> China consumer inflation hits highest since 2013                 
> Malaysia inflation at 1.4 pct, below forecast                    
> Singapore all-items CPI up 0.5 pct y/y                           
> Taiwan CPI rises 2.9 pct y/y, more than forecast                 
> Philippine inflation at fastest pace since Sept 2014             
> S.Korea pace speeds up slightly on oil, food costs               
> Indonesia's annual inflation rate slows to 3.18 pct              
> Thai headline rate at 0.42 pct y/y, below forecasts              
  JANUARY 2018
> Malaysia rate at 2.7 pct y/y, slowest since Dec 2016             
> Japan core inflation 0.9 pct y/y, unchanged from Dec             
> Hong Kong CPI rises 1.7 pct y/y, same pace as Dec                
> India's retail inflation eases only slightly in Jan              
> China PPI climbs 4.3 pct, smallest rise in 14 months             
> Philippine pace at 4.0 pct, raising rate-hike chance             
> S.Korea inflation eases to slowest pace in 17 months             
> Thailand rate eases to 0.68 pct y/y, below forecast              
> Indonesia inflation 3.25 pct, lowest since Dec 2016              
> Japan Dec inflation steady, challenges BOJ's optimism            
> NZ's Q4 prices rise up at slower-than-expected pace              
> Malaysia inflation edges up 3.5 pct y/y, as forecast             
> Singapore CPI rises 0.4 pct y/y, less than forecast              
> Hong Kong's consumer prices climb 1.7 pct y/y                    
> NZ food prices fall, pointing to weaker Q4 inflation             
> Food prices push India inflation to a 17-month high              
> China producer price inflation slows to 13-mth low   {nL4N1P518Y]
> Philippine annual inflation rate steady,  core dips              
> Taiwan CPI increases 1.21 pct, more than forecast                
> Thai headline CPI +0.78 pct y/y, below forecast                  
> Indonesia inflation climbs for 1st time since June               
> S.Korea inflation speeds up as oil prices rise                   
> Japan core CPI rises in Nov, BOJ goal still distant              
> Singapore Nov inflation speeds up on transport costs                    
> Malaysia Nov inflation rate 3.4 pct y/y, below Oct               
> China CPI rises 1.7 pct y/y, PPI up 5.8 pct                      
> Taiwan CPI rose 0.35 pct y/y, above forecasts                    
> India retail inflation breaches RBI's pct target                 
> Philippine inflation cools for 1st time in 5 months              
> Indonesia inflation at its lowest in nearly 1 year               
> Thai inflation rate rises, but below c.bank target               
> S.Korea Nov inflation eases to slowest in 11 months              
  OCTOBER 2017
> Japan's CPI, weak spending raise inflation doubts                
> Malaysia's inflation rate eases to 3.7 pct y/y                   
> Singapore all-items CPI +0.4 pct y/y, below forecast             
> India's retail inflation hits a 7-month high                     
> Taiwan CPI -0.32 pct y/y, falling more than forecast             
> China factory gate inflation shows momentum robust               
> Philippine inflation quickens to 3-year high                     
> South Korea inflation rate moderates to 1.8 pct y/y              
> Thai headline CPI up 0.86 pct y/y, above forecast                
> Indonesia inflation rate eases to 3.58 pct y/y                   
> Australia Q3 inflation surprisingly soft                         
> Singapore September all-items CPI up 0.4 pct y/y                 
> Malaysia inflation rate rises to 4.3 pct y/y                     
> New Zealand consumer price index picks up in Q3                  
> China producer prices jump most in 6 months                      
> India CPI rise steady, hopes for rate cut bleak                  
> Philippine inflation accelerates more than expected              
> Indonesia annual inflation hits six-month low                    
> Thai CPI above forecast, rises a 3rd straight month              
> S.Korea inflation slows as food price pressure eases             
  AUGUST 2017
> Malaysia inflation picks up to 3.7 pct, tops forecast            
> India WPI inflation hits four-month high                         
> India CPI rises more than expected to 5-month high               
> China CPI, PPI rise more than expected                           
> Philippine inflation quickens to 3.1 pct, tops fcast             
> Indonesia rate slows to 3.82 pct, food prices lower              
> Thai headline CPI up 0.32 pct y/y, below forecast                
> Vietnam inflation rate at 3.35 pct, above July                   
> S.Korea inflation hits five-year high                            
  JULY 2017
> Japan's CPI rises for 7th straight month                             
> Singapore inflation picks up marginally                          
> Malaysia inflation eases for fourth month                        
> China consumer inflation dips, PPI at steady clip                
> India inflation revives,dims hopes for more rate cuts            
> Australia Q2 inflation surprisingly soft                         
> Philippine consumer prices rise 2.8 pct y/y                      
> Indonesia headline inflation rate slows to 3.88 pct              
> Thai consumer prices rise 0.17 pct y/y                           
  JUNE 2017
> Singapore CPI rises 0.5 pct y/y, less than expected              
> Malaysia prices rise 3.6 pct y/y, less than forecast             
> Japan core CPI up 0.4 pct, well below BOJ target                 
> NZ inflation slows more than expected, rates on hold             
> India retail inflation at slowest in more than 5 yrs             
> China factory prices increase at same pace as May                
> Bangladesh inflation cools to 5.44 pct in FY2016/17              
> Philippine inflation eases for a 2nd straight month              
> Taiwan's June CPI rises 1 pct y/y, above forecast                
> Thai consumer prices fall for 2nd straight month                 
> Indonesia's June inflation rate picks up slightly                
  MAY 2017
> Japan May core consumer prices rise 0.4 pct y/y                  
> India's retail inflation eases to lowest since 2012              
> Singapore all-items CPI rises 1.4 pct y/y                        
> Philippine May inflation hits a four-month low                   
> China producer price inflation eases for 3rd month               
> Taiwan CPI rises at fastest y/y pace since January               
> Indonesian inflation rate rise again in May                      
> Thai consumer prices dip for 1st time in 14 months               
> S.Korea May inflation hits cbank's 2 pct target                    
  APRIL 2017
> Japan consumer prices rise, driven by energy costs               
> Singapore core CPI up at fastest pace since Oct 2014             
> S.Korea inflation slows, still near c.bank target                
> China factory prices slow further than expected                  
> India retail inflation eases to below 3 pct y/y                  
> Philippine annual inflation holds steady at 3.4 pct              
> Taiwan inflation mild, slower than forecast                      
> Thai headline consumer prices rise, below forecast                      
> Vietnam's annual inflation rate slows vs March                   
> Bangladesh annual inflation cools to 5.61 pct                    
> Sri Lanka's consumer prices rise 0.5 pct m/m                     
> Indonesian annual inflation hits 13-month high                   
  MARCH 2017
> Japan core CPI misses f'cast, keeps pressure on BOJ                 
> Australia inflation highest since 2014 in Q1                          
> Fuel prices drive India's inflation to 5-month high              
> China producer inflation has 1st fall in 7 months                
> Philippine inflation rises at fastest pace in 2 yrs              
> Taiwan CPI rises 0.18 pct y/y, below forecast                    
> S.Korea inflation rate jumps to near 5-year high                 
> Indonesian inflation rate cools to 3.61 pct                      
> Thai consumer prices rise less than forecast                     
> Vietnam's March inflation slows to 4.65 pct y/y                  
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