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Thailand’s consumer inflation up 2.17pc in December 2021

BANGKOK (XINHUA) – Thailand’s consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 2.17 per cent year-on-year in December 2021, led by higher costs of energy and vegetables, its Ministry of Commerce said yesterday.

The pace of growth eased from a rise of 2.71 per cent registered in November last year.

The core CPI, which excludes raw food and energy prices, edged up 0.29 per cent year-on-year in December 2021 and was up 0.05 per cent from the previous month.

For the full year of 2021, the country’s CPI climbed 1.23 per cent year-on-year, while the core CPI rose 0.23 percent.

An official with the commerce ministry Ronnarong Phoolpipat, said the increase in inflation throughout 2021 stemmed not only from increasing energy prices but also rising vegetable prices due to lower productivity from the impact of floods.

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