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Inflation eases further in December

Headline inflation, as measured by the year-on-year (Y-o-Y) change in the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI, 2013=100) decreased to 57.2% in December 2022 from 61.0% in November 2022 recording the lowest reading in the second half of 2022.

Following a similar trend, the Food inflation (Y-o-Y) decreased to 64.4% in December 2022 from 73.7% in November 2022. Meanwhile, the Non-Food inflation (Y-o-Y) decreased to 53.4% in December 2022 from 54.5% in November 2022.

The monthly change of CCPI was recorded at 0.26% in December 2022. This was mainly contributed by the monthly increases in the prices of the items in the Non-Food category, which amounted to 0.36%. Accordingly, within the Non-Food category, increases were observed in prices of Clothing and Footwear (Clothing), Transport (Airline Fare and Revenue License Fee) and Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and other Fuels (L. P. Gas) sub-categories during the month.

However, moderating the overall monthly increase in the CCPI to some extent, the contribution from the Food category recorded at -0.10% in December 2022, mainly due to price decreases observed in Fresh Fish, Dry Fish, Big Onions and Bread.

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