Bosnia’s Federation CPI drops 1.5% y/y in Feb 2014

By bne IntelliNews March 17, 2014

Bosnia’s Federation CPI deflation deepened to 1.5% y/y in February from 1.3% y/y the month before, dragged down by falling food, clothing and footwear, transport and health costs, the statistics office said in a statement.

In monthly terms, the CPI edged down 0.2% in February after inching up 0.3% m/m in January.

February’s food and non-alcoholic beverage prices declined 4.2% y/y, following a 3.9% y/y contraction in January. Clothing and footwear prices deflation deepened to 2.3% y/y in February from 1.4% y/y the month before. Transport prices remained in the red, shrinking 1.5% y/y in February after retreating 1.2% y/y in January. Health prices fell 1.9% y/y in February after declining 1.8% y/y a month earlier.

Prices of alcoholic beverages, rose 5.7% y/y in February, ticking up from a 5.6% y/y hike the month before.

Consumer prices in Bosnia’s bigger entity have been declining since August 2013, reflecting subdued household consumption amid rising unemployment, falling real wages and cash inflows from abroad.

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