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Consumer price rise hits 7-month high in September

All Headlines 08:04 October 05, 2016

SEJONG, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's consumer prices rose at the fastest clip in seven months in September amid growing concerns over possible deflation, a government report showed Wednesday.

The country's consumer price index rose 1.2 percent last month from a year earlier, marking the highest monthly gain in seven months, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.

The figure had stayed below the 1 percent level four straight months since May.

From a month earlier, the index edged down 0.6 percent in September.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile oil and food prices, increased 1.8 percent compared with last year, remaining unchanged from a month earlier.

brk@yna.co.kr
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