Tue, 14 Oct 2008
Inflation during September came in at 0.97%, up on the August figure of 0.51% and taking the year-on-year figure to 12.14%, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) stated on Monday, Detikcom reported.

The cost of food through the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan was the major contributor to the higher inflation with a rise of 1.9%, Ali Rosidi of BPS told a press conference.

Nevertheless all cost areas showed higher trends. Packaged foods, drinks and cigarettes rose by 0.9%, housing, electricity and other household utilities were up by 1.22%. Clothing rose by 0.5%, health expenses by 0.3% and transport and communications by 0.22%.

Inflation was experienced in every city in Indonesia in which measurements are taken, with the highest in Tarakan in East Kalimantan at 2.8% and the lowest in Manado, North Sulawesi at 0.03%.



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