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Lowest inflation rate in Bhutan recorded in 2018

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Staff Writer | February 11, 2019
Bhutan recorded the lowest average annual inflation rate in 2018 at 2.69 percent.
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It is the slowest increase in the prices of goods and services since the records were maintained by the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) in 2004.

Despite fuel prices reaching record highs in September and October, last year, it had little effect on the speed at which the prices of goods and services grew.

Since 2012, when Bhutan recorded the highest average annual inflation rate at 10.92 percent, the rate has been decreasing except for 2017 when the annual inflation rate rose by more than a percentage point.

On the hand, December’s year-on-year inflation rate of 3.13 percent is one the highest for 2018 with only March seeing a higher rate. December’s increase was mostly attributed to the increase in food prices.

Similarly, local goods and services recorded a higher increase compared to imported goods and services.

Food prices recorded a higher increase for both local and imported compared to the non-food group which increased by 2.65 percent for both. However, local food prices increased by 4.26 percent as compared to 3.55 percent for imported food prices.

Among the food items, vegetables recorded the highest rate of increase in December by 3.22 percent from the previous month. Costs of meat also saw an increase of close to one percent.

Nu 100 in December 2018 is worth only Nu 73 at December 2012 prices. The purchasing power of ngultrum has decreased by 3.04 percent in the past 12 months due to the price rise in the economy.