Update COVID-19 in Indonesia: 248,852 confirmed infections, 9,677 deaths (21 September 2020)
21 September 2020 (closed)
USD/IDR (14,951) +2.00 +0.01%
EUR/IDR (17,446) +13.55 +0.08%
Jakarta Composite Index (4,999.36) -59.86 -1.18%
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brings unusual times for any country, especially in terms of the economic and social environments. In the case of Indonesia it has triggered historically low headline inflation, namely 1.54 percent year-on-year (y/y) after July 2020 brought deflation of -0.10 percent month-on-month (m/m).
We have not seen such a low level of annual headline inflation since 2000 when the country was recovering from the Asian Financial Crisis. Usually, the month of July brings some inflation (see the table above) because families have to spend money in the context of the new school year. This year, it is a different story.
Also Indonesia’s core inflation, which excludes volatile food prices and government administered prices, remained very low in July 2020, albeit slightly improving from the preceding month. Core inflation rose 0.16 percent (m/m) in July 2020, from 0.02 percent (m/m) in June, showing Indonesians’ purchasing power modestly improved (probably because economic activity modestly rebounded in July as the government decided to relax the social and business restrictions).
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