SEOUL : South Korean inflation is likely to ease in November to about 3.6 per cent as prices of agricultural products have started to fall, the finance minister said on Sunday.
South Korea’s consumer price index stood 3.8 per cent higher in October from a year ago, the fastest inflation rate since March 2023 and above the 3.6 per cent forecast by a Reuters poll.
“Oil prices have been falling a little bit recently. If this is the trend, the inflation rate will be around 3.5 per cent to 3.6 per cent, and this kind of price stabilisation will happen gradually, albeit slowly,” Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho told public broadcaster KBS TV.
Consumer inflation accelerated for a third month in October amid higher food costs, keeping policymakers on edge as they are monitoring whether current interest rates are tight enough to bring inflation to heel.