Dow Jones Newswires: South Korea’s inflation hits near 24-year high

by | Aug 1, 2022 | Stock Market

South Korea’s inflation rate hit a near 24-year high in July, accelerating to top 6.0% and paving the way for the central bank to tighten policy further. The consumer price index rose 6.3% from a year earlier–the fastest since the height of the financial crisis in November 1998–following a 6.0% increase in June, the statistics office said Tuesday. That was slightly below a median market forecast for a 6.4% increase for July.

Higher prices for industrial goods, agricultural products, services and public utilities kept adding to inflationary pressure, the office said. The index rose 0.5% from a month earlier, in line with the median forecast for July, compared with a 0.6% increase in June. Core CPI, which strips out volatile energy and food prices, rose 3.9% from a year earlier and 0.4% from a month ago–the same pace of gains in June. The Bank of Korea is expected to raise its policy rate again later this month to curb inflation, following its bigger-than-usual half-percentage-point rate increase in July. BOK Gov. Rhee Chang-yong at a parliament hearing Monday reaffirmed that it would be appropriate for the bank to return to the usual quarter-percentage-point rate increases should …

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