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December inflation hits 3.3%, gov’t says

By Jochebed Gonzales, Senior Researcher Prices of widely used goods logged in 3.3% year-on-year increase in December, sustaining growth observed in the previous month, the Philippine...

BSP sees December inflation at 2.9-3.6%

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter INFLATION likely steadied in December from a month ago despite higher fuel and rice prices, the Bangko Sentral...

Gov’t targets 2-4% headline inflation until 2020

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THE GOVERNMENT has kept its 2-4% inflation target until 2020, with the central bank seeing that price increases will...

Poll: Monetary policy stable as year ends

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE CENTRAL BANK will likely maintain policy settings when it meets on Thursday as inflation and liquidity remain manageable,...

DoF sees November inflation easing to 3.2%

INFLATION likely eased in November, as stable food prices are seen to offset higher fuel costs and electricity rates, the Department of Finance (DoF)...

Inflation rate expected to stay elevated

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter and Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan Reporter INFLATION in the last two months of the year could match October’s pace, a senior...

Banks see interest rates rising

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter INFLATION could hover close to four percent next year on the back of accelerating oil prices and tax-related adjustments,...

Poll bares expectation of faster growth

By Lourdes O. Pilar Researcher ANALYSTS expect the country’s overall economic growth to have stayed above six percent last quarter on the back of strong domestic...

BSP affirms rates, ups 2018 inflation view

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) kept interest rates steady yesterday with inflation in check and economic activity still...

Monetary policy likely steady despite 3-year-high Oct. inflation

INFLATION picked up further in October to its fastest pace in nearly three years, but is unlikely to prod the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas...

DoF sees inflation peaking at 3.5% in Oct. led by utilities

THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) expects inflation to peak in October amid higher utility rates and fuel prices, before easing towards year’s end. In an...

Poll sees Oct. inflation at three-year high

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter INFLATION could have picked up in October amid rising fuel, utility, and food prices to possibly hit a three-year...

Central bankers on the move, but where’s the inflation?

LONDON -- Now the Bank of England (BoE) has raised interest rates for the first time in a decade, it is beyond doubt major...

Inflation accelerates in Q3 for low-income households, PSA says

INFLATION, as experienced by low-income households, accelerated in the third quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday. The bottom 30% of households saw inflation...

Inflation further picking up steam

INFLATION may have quickened in October -- on the back of higher fuel prices, utility rates, and a weaker peso -- but at a...

Survey: Inflation, wages remain Filipinos’ main concerns

INFLATION and wages remain the main concerns of Filipinos although a majority approve of the way the Duterte administration is handling what they perceive...

BSP minutes: economy not overheating

THE ECONOMY is far from overheating with rising credit growth accompanied by increased domestic activity, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in the...

No policy pressure from faster inflation

OVERALL price increases quickened further in September at the fastest clip in five months due to higher food and oil costs, even as the...

7-8% GDP growth goal ‘attainable’ — BSP chief

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE GOVERNMENT’s ambitious growth target remains doable despite falling short of expectations last semester, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas...

Views mount on steady policy despite inflation

THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) and ING Bank yesterday added to expectations of faster inflation in September, whose data is scheduled to be reported...

Central bank says tax reform won’t require policy response

THE PHILIPPINES’ plan to overhaul its tax system will have only a modest inflationary impact and will not need a monetary policy response, said...

Inflation rising but policy steady — poll

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter PRICES of basic goods and services likely rose faster in September, led by higher food, oil, and utility costs,...

Inflation likely picked up further in September – BSP

OIL, rice and electricity price hikes likely drove inflation faster in September, but the nine-month average should nestle within an official full-year target, the...

Pressure rising for rate hike

THE TIME will soon be ripe for normalization of policy interest rates, according to analyses released yesterday. Fitch Group’s BMI Research said it still expects...

BSP exec sees stable inflation until yearend

INFLATION will likely remain below four percent in 2017’s remaining months, a senior central bank official said, noting that prices are unlikely to see...

Rate hike to be delayed as inflation remains contained

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter CHANCES of a rate hike from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) within the year are diminishing, analysts...

BSP maintains policy, inflation forecasts

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) yesterday kept borrowing rates unchanged in the face of manageable inflation and robust...

BSP to maintain rates — economists

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) is widely expected to keep policy rates unchanged at its meeting this week,...

Food, oil, electricity spur Aug. inflation

HIGHER food, oil and electricity costs spurred prices of widely used goods and services in August at the fastest clip in three months, according...

Poll: Aug. inflation could be 3-month top

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE OVERALL HIKE in prices of widely used goods and services could have quickened in August to its fastest...

Price hikes could have picked up in Aug.

HIGHER oil and electricity costs as well as rising rice prices likely drove inflation faster in August, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said...

Inflation edges up in July

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Researcher and Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter PRICES of widely-used goods edged up last month on account of higher costs of...

Power costs may have pulled down July inflation — DoF

LOWER POWER costs last month as well as steady food prices likely tempered the rise in prices of widely used goods in July, the...

Price hikes expected to have picked up in July

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter INFLATION likely picked up slightly in July on the back of higher prices of food, electricity, and fuel, analysts...

Economists’ inflation views ease

BANK ECONOMISTS tempered their inflation forecasts for the year in the face of lower oil and utility prices, according to results of a recent...

Inflation expected to moderate in 2nd half — BSP

INFLATION may have already peaked this year, with the rate of price increases expected to soften in the coming months on the back of...

Easing household spending weighs

A GLOBAL BANK has trimmed its growth forecast for the Philippines as increases in consumer spending and capital formation ease, and as potential long-term...

Inflation expected to have eased further in June

THE general year-on-year rise in prices of widely used goods and services likely eased further in June from May due to lower fuel and...

Analyst’s march inflation rate estimates

INFLATION may have picked up further in March on the back of higher electricity rates and a weaker peso, analysts said in a BusinessWorld...

February inflation estimates

INFLATION likely picked up in February to post the fastest climb in over two years as oil, transport and power prices continued to go...

Headline inflation rate in the Philippines as of April 2016

Prices of widely used goods rose at a steady pace at the start of the second quarter, providing the central bank a "soft transition"...

Inflation rate as of March 2016

Philippines' headline inflation rates in March 2016

Headline inflation rates

Data source: Philippine Statistics Authority    

February inflation estimates

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January inflation could have eased from December, year ago — poll

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Reporter INFLATION is expected to have eased last month from a year ago as record-low oil prices and spillover effects...