Bosnia’s Serb Republic CPI inflation remains subdued at 0.3% y/y in May 2013

By bne IntelliNews June 24, 2013

Bosnia’s Serb Republic CPI inflation flattened at 0.3% y/y in May, the same as a month earlier, as rising food and alcoholic beverages prices were offset by falling transport, clothing and footwear and health charges, the entity’s statistics office said.

In monthly terms, CPI edged down 0.1% in May compared with a 1.1% m/m drop in April, while compared to the 2012 average, inflation was 0.2%.

Bosnia’s Serb Republic CPI inflation remains subdued amid weak household and government consumption. The pattern will likely sustain in the coming months, reflecting the IMF-enforced austerity measures and structurally high unemployment.

Alcoholic beverages prices edged up 0.2% m/m in May, lifting the annual increase to 5.9% y/y from 5.5% in April. Food and non-alcoholic beverages prices rose 1.9% y/y in May, the same as the month before.

Clothing and footwear prices shrank 6.8% y/y in May, narrowing from a 7.1% drop in April.  Transport costs remained in negative territory, shrinking 2.5% y/y in May after declining 2.8% in April. 

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