East Timor's annual inflation rate came in at 0.3 percent in December 2019, unchanged from the previous month's 32-month low. Prices rose less for food & non-alcoholic beverages (0.2% vs 0.5% in November) and alcohol & tobacco (0.8% vs 1.3%) while cost fell for housing (-0.2%, the same as in November) and furniture & household equipment (-0.7% vs -0.9%). Conversely, transport prices rebounded (0.1% vs -0.7%), while clothing & footwear cost picked up (0.1% vs a flat reading in November). On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose by 0.1 percent in December, after a 0.1 percent drop in November.

Inflation Rate in East Timor averaged 4.81 percent from 2004 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 18 percent in February of 2007 and a record low of -2.50 percent in August of 2009. This page provides the latest reported value for - East Timor Inflation Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news.

Inflation Rate in East Timor is expected to be 2.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in East Timor to stand at 2.90 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the East Timor Inflation Rate is projected to trend around 3.00 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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East Timor Inflation Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.30 0.30 18.00 -2.50 2004 - 2019 percent Monthly
2012=100

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-28 02:00 AM Sep 1.0% 0.9% 1.0%
2019-11-25 02:40 AM Oct 0.6% 1.0% 1.1%
2019-12-18 04:30 AM Nov 0.3% 0.6% 0.6%
2020-01-23 02:00 AM Dec 0.3% 0.3% 1.3%
2020-02-18 02:00 AM Jan 0.3% 0.1%


News Stream
2019-12-18
East Timor Inflation Rate at 32-Month Low in November
East Timor's annual inflation rate fell to a 32-month low of 0.3 percent in November 2019 from 0.6 in the prior month. Cost of food & non-alcoholic beverages rose less (0.5% vs 0.7% in October), driven by vegetables (8.9%), fruits (3.9%), and milk, cheese and eggs (0.6%). Also, prices of clothing & footwear were flat, following a 0.4 gain in October. At the same time, prices fell further for housing (-0.2% vs -0.8%), furniture & household equipment (-0.9% vs -0.9%), and transport (-0.7% vs -0.5%). On the other hand, inflation was unchanged for alcohol & tobacco (at 1.3%), while cost of recreation & culture went up faster (0.3% vs 0.2%). On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in November, after a 0.4 percent drop in October.

2019-11-25
East Timor Inflation Rate at 3-Month Low at 0.6%
East Timor's annual inflation rate declined to 0.6 percent in October 2019 from 1.0 percent in the previous month. This was the lowest inflation since July, as prices of food & non-alcoholic beverages increased softer (0.7% vs 1.6% in September), mainly driven by vegetables (9.0%), fruits (4.7%), cheese and eggs (4.4%). Also, prices rose less for clothing & footwear (0.4% vs 0.6%). In addition, prices fell for housing (-0.8 vs 0.6%), while furniture & household equipment prices decreased more (-0.9% vs -0.6%). On the other hand, prices increased faster for alcohol & tobacco (1.3 vs 0.9%), while inflation was unchanged for recreation & culture (at 0.2%). Meantime, prices fell further for transport (-0.5%, the same pace as in September). On a monthly basis, consumer prices dropped 0.4 percent in October compared to a 0.2 percent rise in the prior month.

2019-10-28
East Timor Inflation Rate at 7-Month High of 1%
East Timor's annual inflation rate inched higher to 1.0 percent in September 2019 from 0.9 percent in the previous month. This was the highest inflation since March, as prices of food & non-alcoholic beverages increased faster (1.6% vs 1.2% in August), mainly driven by vegetables (1.8% ), bread and cereals (2.2%), coffee, tea and cocoa (1.7%), and fruits (1.6%). Also, prices rose more for both clothing & footwear (0.6% vs 0.4%) and alcohol & tobacco (0.9% vs 0.7%). Meantime, inflation was unchanged for housing (at 0.6%); recreation & culture (at 0.2%). On the other hand, prices fell further for transport (-0.5% vs -0.3%), and furniture & household equipment (-0.6% vs -0.4%). On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.2 percent in September compared to a 0.1 percent rise in August.

2019-09-23
East Timor Inflation Rate Rises to 0.9% in August
East Timor's annual inflation rate rose to 0.9 percent in August 2019 from 0.6 percent in the previous month. Prices of food & non-alcoholic beverages increased faster (1.2% vs 0.7% in July), mainly milk & cheese (6.1% vs 6.9%), vegetables (7.2% vs 5.5%), and meat (1.1% vs 1.2%). At the same time, there was a rebound in cost of recreation & culture (0.2% vs -0.2%), while inflation was unchanged for clothing & footwear (at 0.4%). Meantime, cost went up slightly less for both alcohol & tobacco (0.7% vs 0.8%), and housing (0.6% vs 0.7%). Also, prices fell for both transport (-0.3 percent vs a flat reading in a month earlier), and furniture & household equipment (-0.4% vs -0.5%). On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.1 percent in August compared to a 0.2 percent fall in July.

2019-08-26
East Timor Inflation Rate at Near 2-Year Low of 0.6%
East Timor's annual inflation rate fell to 0.6 percent in July 2019 from 0.9 percent in the previous month. This was the lowest inflation rate since September 2017, as cost of food & non-alcoholic beverages rose at a softer 0.7% (vs 1% in June), mainly milk & cheese (6.9% vs 7.8%), vegetables (5.5% vs 5.6%), and meat (1.2% vs 2.2%). Also, prices went up much less for alcohol & tobacco (0.8% vs 2.5%). At the same time, transport prices was flat, following a 0.7 percent gain in June. In addition, cost dropped further for both furniture & household equipment (-0.5% vs -0.5%) and recreation & culture (-0.2% vs -0.2%). In contrast, inflation was unchanged for housing (at 0.7%), while cost of clothing & footwear rose faster (0.4% vs 0.2%). On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined 0.2 percent in July, compared to a flat reading in June.

2019-07-24
East Timor Inflation Rate at 3-Month High of 0.9% in June
East Timor's annual inflation rate edged up to 0.9 percent in June 2019 from 0.8 percent in the previous month. This was the highest inflation rate since March, as prices rose faster for food & non-alcoholic beverages (1.0 percent vs 0.7 percent in May), mainly vegetables (5.6 percent vs 4.1 percent) and meat (2.2 percent vs 2.0 percent); and for alcohol & tobacco (2.5 percent vs 2.4 percent). On the other hand, cost slowed for transport (0.7 percent vs 1.7 percent) and housing (0.7 percent vs 0.8 percent) while inflation was unchanged for the third month in a row for clothing & footwear (at 0.2 percent). In addition, furniture & household equipment cost continued to decline (-0.5 percent vs -0.4 percent). On a monthly basis, consumer prices were flat in June, after a 0.1 percent rise in the previous month.


East Timor Inflation Rate
In East Timor, the inflation rate measures a broad rise or fall in prices that consumers pay for a standard basket of goods. The most important category in the Timor-Leste CPI is Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (64 percent of the total weight), of which Rice (17 percent), Vegetables (15 percent) and Meat (8 percent). Other important categories are: Transport (6 percent); Clothing and Footwear (6 percent); Housing (6 percent); Alcohol and Tobacco (5 percent); and Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance (4 percent). The index also includes: Recreation and Culture (3 percent); Communication (2 percent); Education (2 percent); and Health (1 percent).

East Timor Prices Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Inflation Rate 0.30 0.30 18.00 -2.50 percent [+]
Inflation Rate Mom 0.10 -0.10 1.30 -0.80 percent [+]
Food Inflation 0.20 0.50 47.84 -2.80 percent [+]
Consumer Price Index Cpi 107.10 107.00 107.40 100.00 points [+]
Core Consumer Prices 106.60 106.80 106.80 100.00 points [+]
Core Inflation Rate 2.60 2.40 12.60 -1.90 percent [+]
CPI Housing Utilities 102.50 102.50 104.30 100.00 points [+]
CPI Transportation 92.20 91.90 100.40 88.20 points [+]