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Hanoi (VNA) – Core inflation this year could increase slightly to roughly 2 percent from 1.7 percent last year, the National Financial Supervisory Commission (NFSC) forecast.

NFSC also forecast that the consumer price index (CPI) in 2016 will be 3.5-4 percent if the price increase for health and education services in the last six months of the year is excluded.

NFSC statistics showed that core inflation (excluding food, energy and commodities managed by the State but including health and education services) remained stable at less than 2 percent in the first seven months of the year.

After rising for six consecutive months, the cyclical inflation component no longer increased as fast as it did in the previous period and started moving sideways, indicating that the influence on CPI of the old price cycle (health services, education, food) would stabilise in the coming months, NFSC said.

According to the General Statistics Office, the monthly CPI consecutively increased year-on-year since November 2015 but stopped rising in July 2016. CPI grew by 2.39 percent in July, lower than the 2.4 percent growth registered in June.

Besides this, the CPI in July 2016 rose by 2.48 percent from the beginning of the year, mainly due to the increase in public services, with health care up 1.32 percent and education up 0.14 percent. The increase in public services accounted for up to 56 percent of the total CPI growth since the beginning of the year.

During the period, food and foodstuff rose only 0.1 percent and 0.58 percent, which contributed only 3.9 percent and 22.1 percent, respectively, to the general CPI.

Besides this, thanks to basic elements, including aggregate demand and production costs, that continue to be stable, the long-term inflation component still remained low, the NFSC said.-VNA