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Consumer Price Index drops slightly in March

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded a slight decline of 0.12 per cent in March, compared with February, on account of the high prices of tobacco, liquor, food items, and costs in the transport and communication sectors, state media reported on 16 April.

The CPI slipped slightly in Kayin, Chin, Rakhine and Mon states; the Taninthayi, Mandalay , Ayeyawady and Sagaing regions; and Yangon city and Nay Pyi Taw in March. Kayah State, Magway Region and Shan State and the Yangon Region recorded a small increase in CPI, according to statistics recently released by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), operating under the Ministry of Planning and Finance.  

The annual rate of inflation in March 2018, based on the 2012 survey, was recorded at 4.03 per cent, showing a slight decrease against February.


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This year in Thailand-what next?


AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More

 


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