[경제]Consumer prices rose 5.0% in November… the lowest in 7 months

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Last month, consumer prices rose 5.0 percent, recording the lowest rate of increase in seven months.

The National Statistical Office predicted that the possibility of an increase in inflation due to the economic slowdown at home and abroad is unlikely to increase.

Reporter Oh In-seok on the sidewalk.

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The consumer price index, which rose to 6.3%, the highest since the Asian financial crisis in July, recorded a level of 5% for 4 consecutive months, ending the upward trend.

Last month, it fell by 0.7 percentage points from a month ago.

This is the smallest increase in seven months since April of 4.8%.

After peaking in July, the pace of inflation has gradually slowed.

The sharp drop in prices of agricultural products, livestock and fisheries had an impact on the drop in consumer prices last month compared to the previous month.

Agricultural, livestock and marine products rose by just 0.3%, slowing significantly from 5.2% the previous month.

Agricultural products, including vegetables, fell by 2%, while cucumbers, lettuce and zucchini fell by more than 30%.

In the case of petroleum, the upward trend in prices is subsiding as international oil prices continue to stabilize due to a drop in demand due to China strengthening corona prevention measures.

Gasoline fell 6.8% and diesel rose 19.6%, but the increase slowed.

However, electricity, gas and water rates continued to rise by 23.1%, the same as the previous month.

The price of processed foods such as bread and snacks and eating out, such as raw fish, continued to rise.

The National Statistical Office predicted that prices would vary at the current level for the time being.

[어운선 / 통계청 경제동향통계심의관 : 국내외 경기 둔화 우려가 있기 때문에 수요 측면의 물가상승 압력이 높아지진 않을 것이라고 보고 있거든요. 돌발 변수가 없다면 내년부터는 조금 올해보다는 많이 안정될 것으로 지금 기대하고 있습니다.]

The Bank of Korea predicted that inflation would continue to rise at the 5% level until the beginning of next year.

However, it was found that the extent of the economic slowdown and the possibility of an increase in the size of the energy rate increase is still hidden.

This is YTN Oh In-seok.

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