South Korea’s prices rise, inflation increases to near quarter-century high
SOUTH KOREA: South Korea’s prices rose more than 6 percent in July compared with last year, the fastest jump in nearly a quarter century.
The East Asian economy’s Consumer Price Index rose 6.3 percent last month, Statistics Korea data showed on Tuesday, up from 6 percent in June.
The gain, which was in line with market expectations, marks the highest rate of inflation since prices rose 6.8 percent in November 1998.
The heady inflation data comes as the Bank of Korea (BOK) mulls further interest rate hikes at its next policy meeting on August 25.
The Central Bank is widely viewed as having more breathing space to raise rates after Asia’s fourth-largest economy grew a faster-than-expected 2.9 percent year-on-year in the second quarter.
Central bank policymakers, who began raising interest rates before most of its peers, described the July hike as unusual, signalling that more modest increases were likely in future. – ALJAZEERA