Saudi inflation slows to 5.3% in April on lower food cost
Source: BI-ME with Bloomberg , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 12:07 am

SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia’s inflation rate slowed to 5.3% in April from 5.4% in the previous month as the cost of food and beverages declined.

Food and beverage prices slid an annual 4.3% in April from 5.1% in March, the Central Department of Statistics said on its website today. Goods and other services fell an annual 6.9% in April from 7.1% in March. Consumer prices rose 0.2% on a monthly basis.

Saudi government plans to spend more than US$500 billion have spurred inflation to the highest rate in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council. The council includes Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Pressure on prices in Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy, will continue into the second quarter, affecting rent, food and beverages, and commodities, the kingdom’s central bank said in a quarterly report posted on its website on May 10.

Housing, fuel and water costs accelerated an annual 9.2% in April from 8.9% in March, according to the Department of Statistics.

 

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 18, 2017
UAE. ICA Conference in Dubai to address the importance of GCC sovereign wealth funds and the sharing economy; Leading analyst calls for a "Mini Marshall Plan" to help the Middle East push up economic growth and reduce dependency on commodities.
date:Posted: November 18, 2017
SAUDI ARABIA. Findings from the Global Youth Survey, undertaken by Populus on behalf of the Misk Foundation, revealed that more than half fear that are not sufficiently tech-savvy to access the opportunities that will arise from the rush of technological progress.
date:Posted: November 17, 2017
UAE. Heightened fulfillment requirements transform expectations as two-thirds of shoppers prefer next-or same-day delivery.
dhgate