Inflation remains unchanged in June

  • Food inflation decreases, non-food inflation increases

Headline inflation, as measured by the year-on-year (Y-o-Y) change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) remained unchanged at 6.1% in June 2021 due to the statistical effect of the high base prevailing in June 2020. Meanwhile, food inflation (Y-o-Y) decreased to 9.8% in June 2021 from 10.3% in May 2021 and non-food inflation (Y-o-Y) increased to 2.9% in June 2021 from 2.5% in May 2021.

The NCPI, measured on an annual average basis, also remained unchanged at 5.4% in June 2021. Monthly change of NCPI recorded at 1.45% in June 2021 due to increases observed in prices of items in both food and non-food categories. 

Moreover, monthly changes of food and non-food categories recorded at 1.23% and 0.22%, respectively. Accordingly, within the food category, increases were observed mainly in the prices of rice, vegetables, coconut oil, and fresh fish. Moreover, prices of items in the non-food category recorded an increase during the month mainly due to price increases observed in the transport (petrol and diesel) sub-category.

Further, year-on-year core inflation decreased marginally to 4.1% in June 2021 from 4.2% in May 2021, while annual average core inflation remained unchanged at 4.4% in June 2021.