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Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) in the month of July 2016 has decreased to 5.8 per cent in July 2016 from 6.4 per cent in June 2016, on year-on-year basis, the Central Bank said last week. Both Food and Non-food categories contributed towards the year-on-year inflation in July 2016. The change in the NCPI measured on an annual average basis increased to 3.4 per cent in July 2016 from 3.1 per cent in June 2016.

Inflation eases (1)When the monthly change in the NCPI is considered, the NCPI decreased by 0.8 per cent from 116.1 index points in June 2016 to 115.2 index points in July 2016.

“This monthly decrease was mainly due to the decrease in prices of the items in the Food category. Prices of vegetables, coconut, fresh fish, sugar, limes and sprats decreased during the month. Within the Non-food category prices in Health; Communication; and Recreation and Culture sub-categories decreased during July 2016,” the Central Bank said.

Meanwhile, NCPI Core inflation, which reflects the underlying inflation in the economy decreased to 6.8 percent in July 2016 from 7.5 per cent in June 2016, on year-on-year basis. However, Annual average NCPI Core inflation increased to 5.5 per cent in July 2016 from 5.3 per cent in June 2016.