BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s annual headline inflation rate in September likely slowed from the previous month and stayed below the central bank’s target range for a fourth straight month, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.
The median forecast of 13 economists was for the headline consumer price index (CPI) to increase 0.44% in September from a year earlier, after 0.52% rise in August.
The central bank forecast headline inflation of 0.8% for this year, against its 1%-4% target range.
The core inflation rate, which strips out energy and fresh food prices, was seen at 0.43% in September, according to the poll. It was 0.49% in August.
On Wednesday, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) left its benchmark interest rate THCBIR=ECI unchanged at 1.50% after August’s surprise reduction.
It will next review monetary policy on Nov. 6.
Reporting by Satawasin Staporncharnchai; Editing by Orathai Sriring and Rashmi Aich