Sri Lanka's headline inflations dips to 3.7 percent in January

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COLOMBO, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's headline inflation dipped to 3.7 percent in January 2021 from 4.6 percent in December 2020, local media citing data from the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) reported here Tuesday.

According to DCS data, inflation in food groups was 2.7 percent and driven by price increases in rice, coconuts, green chilies, vegetables, red onions, fresh fish, fresh fruits, turmeric powder, coconut oil, tamarind and dried chilies.

Inflation in non-food groups was one percent and driven by price increases in categories such as health; furnishing, household equipment, and routine household maintenance; housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels; transport; clothing and footwear; miscellaneous goods and services; and education.

Core inflation, which is measured by excluding price volatile items such as food and energy, also declined from 4.7 percent in December 2020 to 4.2 percent in January 2021. Enditem

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