In line with expectations, Indonesia’s inflation rate accelerated in August 2019. While the month of August normally brings mild deflation to Southeast Asia’s largest economy in the aftermath of the Ramadan and Idul Fitri celebrations (a period when demand for food and transportation peaks), Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced that Indonesia’s monthly inflation in August was recorded at 0.12 percent month-to-month (m/m).
Annual inflation in August 2019 – determined at 3.49 percent year-on-year (y/y) – in fact accelerated to the highest level since December 2017 (when the rate reached 3.61 percent y/y).
There are three factors that caused Indonesia to have mild inflation rather than (the usual) mild deflation in August 2019.
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