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| 26 April, 2018

Bahrain inflation eases in March as food price rises slow

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

Bahrain Financial Harbour (L) and Bahrain World Trade Center are are seen in diplomatic area in Manama, Bahrain, February 28, 2018.

Bahrain Financial Harbour (L) and Bahrain World Trade Center are are seen in diplomatic area in Manama, Bahrain, February 28, 2018.

REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

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

BAHRAIN CONSUMER INFLATION  3/18 2/18 3/17
pct change month/month 0.5 0.7 0.9
pct change year/year  2.6 3.1 0.8

NOTE: Housing and utility costs, which account for 24 percent of consumer expenses, rose 1.7 percent from a year earlier in March. Prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, which account for 16 percent, gained 1.5 percent, easing from a 3.8 percent annual rise in February. Transport prices jumped 7.6 percent after a hike of domestic gasoline prices in early January.

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