Singapore’s core inflation in May came in at 3.6 per cent year-on-year -- the highest level in more than 13 years.
This was up from a previous 10-year high of 3.3 per cent in April, official data [PDF] released on June 23 by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) showed.
The core inflation, which excludes accommodation and private transport costs, is led by rising prices of food and utilities.
The last time Singapore experienced a higher year-on-year core inflation was in December 2008, when it hit 4.2 per cent.
Overall inflation rose to 5.6 per cent year-on-year in May.
Also known as the headline consumer price index, overall inflation exceeded the 5.4 per cent reported in both April and March.
Food inflation hit 4.5 per cent in May compared to 4.1 per cent in April due to a sharper rise in the price of food services.
Private transport inflation
Private transport inflation rose to 18.5 per cent in May from 18.3 per cent in April due to increases in petrol costs stemming from higher global oil prices.
Electricity and gas prices have also gone up with inflation at 19.9 per cent in May compared to 19.7 per cent in April due to the increase in average prices of electricity plans offered by Open Electricity Market (OEM) retailers going up at a faster pace.
Retail goods inflation
Inflation for retail and other goods was at 1.8 per cent in May, up from 1.6 per cent in April, due to increase in prices of clothing and footwear, personal effects and personal care products.
Prices of services rose 2.6 per cent in May from 2.5 per cent in April due to an increase in the costs of holiday expenses and point-to-point transport services.
Accommodation inflation rose to 4 per cent in May from 3.9 per cent in April due to a larger increase in housing rents.
Inflationary pressures still strong
MAS and MTI said core inflation is predicted to go up further in the next few months, but is expected to mode...