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|23 May, 2018

Bahrain inflation flat at 2.6% in April

Housing and utility costs, which account for 24% of consumer expenses, rose 1.7% from a year earlier in April.

The Central Bank of Bahrain is seen in Manama. Image for illustrative purposes.

The Central Bank of Bahrain is seen in Manama. Image for illustrative purposes.

REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Bahrain's statistics office released the following April consumer price data.

BAHRAIN CONSUMER INFLATION

4/18

3/18

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4/17

pct change month/month

-0.1

0.5

0

pct change year/year

2.6

2.6

0.9

NOTE: Housing and utility costs, which account for 24 percent of consumer expenses, rose 1.7 percent from a year earlier in April. Prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, which account for 16 percent, climbed 0.7 percent.

Transport prices jumped 7.9 percent after a hike of domestic gasoline prices in early January.

(Reporting by Andrew Torchia) ((andrew.torchia@thomsonreuters.com; +9715 6681 7277; Reuters Messaging: andrew.torchia.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))