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(LEAD) S. Korea's consumer prices up 1.5 pct in June

All Headlines 08:52 July 03, 2018

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SEJONG, July 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's consumer price growth continued to stay above 1 percent in June on a rise of agricultural goods and the service sector, government data showed Tuesday.

The country's consumer price index climbed 1.5 percent last month from a year earlier, the same pace from the previous month's 1.5 percent on-year gain, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.

The June figure is well below the Bank of Korea's target of 2 percent for the year, stoking speculation that the central bank's monetary tightening may be pushed forward at a gradual pace in the coming months.

Prices of agricultural goods rose 1.8 percent on-year last month, compared with a 2.7 percent on-year gain tallied for May, with those for industrial goods increasing 1.8 percent from the year before, compared with a 2.7 percent on-year rise reported for the previous month, the agency said.

The statistical office said prices of service charges advanced 1.6 percent last month, vis-a-vis a 1.7 percent on-year increase in May.

"The gain in prices of agricultural goods slowed down last month, but a rise in global oil prices helped jack up prices of industrial goods," an agency official said.

From a month earlier, the index declined 0.2 percent.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile oil and food prices, grew 1.2 percent on-year in June.

This file image shows the movement of South Korea's consumer price trends. (Yonhap)

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