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Vietnam's CPI to rise 0.23 percent in December

Vietnam workersVietnam's consumer price index (CPI) is expected to rise 0.23 percent in December compared to the previous month, said the General Statistics Office (GSO).

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The December CPI hike is attributed to the rise in price of medicine-medical services (up 5.3 percent compared to November), garment, hats and footwear (0.25 percent), beverage and tobacco (0.21 percent), housing and construction material (0.19 percent) as the New Year holiday is getting near.

Meanwhile, other groups in the CPI calculation basket have their prices fall in December against November including transportation (down 0.89 percent), restaurant and catering services (0.03 percent), post and telecommunication (0.03 percent), culture, recreation and entertainment (0.02 percent).

At the same time, education is the only group whose price remains unchanged during the month.

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