Consumer inflation rate remains below 1% level

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : Febuary 3, 2015, 17:26 | Updated : Febuary 3, 2015, 17:26


South Korea's consumer inflation rate remained below the 1 percent level for the second consecutive month in January, fueling worries over deflation, the country's statistical office reported Tuesday.

Consumer prices grew 0.8 percent last month from a year ago, after a 0.8 percent on-year gain in December, according to the report of Statistics Korea.

Those figures mark the lowest since a 0.9 percent on-year growth in October 2013.  

The country's consumer price index has entered the below 1 percent range largely due to a sharp drop in international oil prices.

Consumer prices rose 1.3 percent for the second consecutive year in 2014, the lowest pace since 1999 when it gained 0.8 percent.
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