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Saudi Inflation Slows to 5.3% in April on Lower Food Cost

May 12, 2012

Saudi Arabia’s inflation rate slowed to 5.3 percent in April from 5.4 percent in the previous month as the cost of food and beverages declined.

Food and beverage prices slid an annual 4.3 percent in April from 5.1 percent in March, the Central Department of Statistics said on its website today. Goods and other services fell an annual 6.9 percent in April from 7.1 percent in March. Consumer prices rose 0.2 percent on a monthly basis.

Saudi government plans to spend more than $500 billion have spurred inflation to the highest rate in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council. The council includes Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Pressure on prices in Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy, will continue into the second quarter, affecting rent, food and beverages, and commodities, the kingdom’s central bank said in a quarterly report posted on its website on May 10.

Housing, fuel and water costs accelerated an annual 9.2 percent in April from 8.9 percent in March, according to the Department of Statistics.

To contact the reporter on this story: Glen Carey in Riyadh at gcarey8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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