2019年6月16日星期日
 
專家論市
Martin Hennecke

Price rise is more than expected
 
24/05/2019
 
<p>Hong Kong&#39;s overall consumer prices rose by 2.9 percent in April over the same month a year earlier, higher than the 2.2 percent expected by the market, and the 2.1 percent increase in March.</p><p>It was attributed to a lower ceiling of rates concession, from HK$2,500 per quarter for each tenement to HK$1,500 starting from April, according to the Census and Statistics Department.</p><p>After discounting the effects of all government one-off relief measures, increased charges for both package tours and inbound-outbound transport fares boosted the Composite CPI from 2.6 percent in March to 2.9 percent in April.</p><p>Key increases in the Composite CPI in April are in food (excluding meals bought away from home) by 4.6 percent and housing by 4.3 percent.</p><p>A larger year-on-year increase from April 2018 in the charges for package tours is due to the late arrival of the Easter holidays in mid-April compared to late March last year.</p><p>In contrast, the Composite CPI for electricity, gas and water decreased by 4.3 percent.</p><p>Taking the first four months of 2019 together, the department sees an overall increase in the Composite CPI of 2.4 percent from last year.</p><p>The department forecasts inflation to stay moderate in the near term, mitigated by the earlier easing in fresh-letting residential rentals, and lessening of external price pressures.</p>
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