S.Korea April CPI growth hits over 13-yr high, tops expectations By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A street vendor counts his money at the Namdaemun Market in Seoul, South Korea, May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s consumer prices in April rose much faster than expected and at their fastest pace in more than 13 years over a year earlier, government data showed on Tuesday.

The Statistics Korea data showed the country’s consumer price index (CPI) rose 4.8% in April from a year before, speeding up from a 4.1% rise in the previous month and far faster than a 4.4% rise tipped in a Reuters survey.

It was the fastest annual growth since October 2008 and stood above the central bank’s 2% target for a 13th consecutive month.

The index rose 0.7% on a monthly basis, compared with a 0.4% rise tipped in the survey, after rising 0.7% in March.

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