inflation

  • Business News

    Inflate debate: BoT warns against raising inflation target

    Bank of Thailand (BoT) cautioned against raising the inflation target to match the range established by the monetary authority, citing concerns that such a move may destabilise expectations and accelerate price increases. BoT Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput stated that the current range is appropriate. “The current inflation target range is appropriate for the circumstances and it has worked well in terms…

  • Environment News

    La Niña weather phenomenon likely to further fuel food inflation

    The Commerce Ministry is closely observing the transition from the El Niño to La Niña weather phenomenon, which could impact Thailand’s inflation, especially concerning food items like fresh vegetables and fruit due to their water sensitivity. Director-General of the Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO), Poonpong Naiyanapakorn stated that data from the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) shows that El Niño…

  • Thailand News

    Cracking news: Egg prices to soar due to extreme weather

    As announced by the Thai Cooperative Network for Chicken Egg Producers, egg prices are set to rise by 20 satangs per egg tomorrow, citing the extreme weather as the reason for the increase. The farm price for eggs will be 4 baht each, marking an increase of 6 baht per tray. The members of the network include producers from Chachoengsao,…

  • Business News

    Thailand’s headline CPI rises unexpectedly in April, ends slump.

    Commerce Ministry officials in Thailand announced today that the country’s headline consumer price index (CPI) experienced a year-on-year increase of 0.19% this April. This is a notable shift from the previous month’s 0.47% year-on-year decrease and considerably exceeds the 0.25% fall projected by a Reuters poll. Such a rise in inflation after a seven-month negative streak indicates a significant change in…

  • Business News

    Baht falls to three-month low as US inflation delays rate cut

    The Thai currency hit a three-month low against the US dollar yesterday, February 14, slipping below 36 to the dollar. This was attributed to higher-than-anticipated US inflation, which led the market to predict a delay in the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate cut, initially expected in May. Quoting Kasikorn Research Centre, the baht was valued at a low of 36.13 against…

  • Press Room

    ROSHI unveils groundbreaking insights into personal lending trends

    Singapore-based Fintech ROSHI has released a detailed analysis that talks about what types of individuals use personal lending services to tackle financial pressures over 2023’s high inflation economy. This meticulous study utilised first-party application data to delve into the profile characteristics and utilisation patterns of numerous Singaporeans who sought personal loans from ROSHI to mitigate income disparities during the past…

  • Business News

    Thai PM and central bank clash over interest rates amid low inflation

    The clash between Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who also holds the Finance Minister portfolio, and the Bank of Thailand (BoT) intensified. The prime minister has been vocal about his belief that the central bank should lower its interest rates as inflation rates have decreased. On a social media platform, PM Srettha blamed the BoT for causing harm to the economy…

  • Business News

    Thailand’s inflation hits 33-month low sparking economic slowdown concerns

    Inflation in Thailand experienced a downward trend for the second month in a row, marking a 33-month low in November. This decrease sparked concerns regarding the increased risk of economic deceleration and potential deflation. The Commerce Ministry of Thailand has also predicted a further decline in the inflation rate in December. Deflation is defined as a period where the prices…

  • Business News

    Thailand’s inflation drop fuels economic slowdown fears

    Concerns are heightening among analysts over Thailand’s first year-on-year inflation decline in 25 months. The drop in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is viewed as an indication of increasing risks of economic deceleration and deflation. BofA Securities, previously known as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, highlighted that the inflation figure for October signified the first year-on-year decline since August 2021.…

  • Economy News

    Inflation rate in Thailand dips for first time in over two years

    The Commerce Ministry of Thailand announced today that the country’s inflation rate has dipped for the first time in 25 months, primarily due to a drop in energy and food prices. This development is attributed to the government’s support measures. The consumer price index (CPI) noted a 0.31% reduction in October, compared to the same period last year. This contrasted…

  • Business News

    Bank of Thailand maintains 4.4% GDP growth forecast amid stimulus measures

    A 4.4% GDP growth forecast for the coming year has been maintained by the Bank of Thailand, factoring in the government’s proposed economic stimulus measures. Assistant Governor Piti Disyatat confirmed this projection following the Monetary Policy Committee’s vote on September 27 to hike the benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point, making it a decade-high 2.5%. The committee, however, reduced its…

  • Business News

    Inflation squeeze: Investors seek assets that outinflate rising costs

    The recent surge in inflation has had a profound impact on the investment landscape, leading to an increase in product prices and living costs. These conditions require investors to strategically select assets that can generate returns that beat inflation. One such investor, Phongthorn Thavontanakul, founder and CEO of Lief Capital Asset Management, shared his insights on investments that can weather…

  • Business News

    Global investors navigate high interest rates amid inflation control efforts

    Amid recession concerns, inflation, and high interest rates, investors seek promising investment avenues. Stock enthusiasts believe global interest rates are close to peaking, while central banks watch inflation. The US Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate to 5.25-5.50% in July, the highest in decades. The European Central Bank increased rates by 0.25%, and the Bank of Japan hints at a…

  • World News

    US Federal Reserve poised to raise interest rates for inflation control

    The chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, announced last Friday that they are prepared to increase interest rates further if needed. The central bank aims to maintain high rates until inflation approaches its 2% target. Powell highlighted that despite the recent decline of inflation from its peak, it remains excessively high. In his address to the annual symposium of…

  • World News

    Lettuce talk about it: Burger King says ‘no more’ to tomatoes as veggie prices squash profits in India

    Reverberations from a skyrocketing surge in vegetable prices throughout India are being felt by consumers and the food industry alike, resulting in the popular fast-food business Burger King withdrawing tomatoes from several branches across the nation. Burger King explained to customers that even tomatoes need a vacation. Reuters reported yesterday that two of Burger King’s Indian branches announced… “Even tomatoes…

  • Business News

    Travel industry girds for weak low season amid cost and weather challenges

    The travel industry is bracing itself for an exceptionally weak low season, with predictions of stagnant demand, escalating operational costs at popular destinations, and the impacts of tropical storms. The president of the Thai Travel Agents Association, Charoen Wangananont highlighted that the season’s sale rate for outbound packages significantly lags behind the comparison period recorded before the pandemic. He cited hesitancy…

  • Business News

    Flavorful finances: Thailand’s July inflation stays mild

    The Ministry of Commerce in Thailand revealed that July’s headline inflation saw less acceleration than anticipated, credited largely to a dip in food and energy costs. Meanwhile, forecasts by the agency anticipate the inflation rate’s upturn by less than 1% per month until the year concludes. July’s year-on-year headline inflation amounted to a 0.38% rise, measured via the consumer price…

  • Phuket News

    Blue Flag market unveiled by Phuket to combat rising costs

    Phuket is preparing to host a monthly special market dubbed the “Blue Flag.” The market is hoped to bring an economic lifeline to the less affluent residents of the city as they struggle with the inflating prices of common household essentials. The Phuket Provincial Commerce Office has taken the initiative of kick-starting the Blue Flag market beginning from the first week…

  • Business News

    Bank of Thailand forecasts final interest rate hike amid inflation uncertainty

    The Bank of Thailand (BoT) aims to cap its series of interest rate increases with a final 25-basis-point hike slated for August 2, due to an ongoing high and uncertain inflation outlook. This insight has been gathered from a poll conducted recently. After June’s annual headline inflation eased down to 0.23%, falling below the BoT’s target range of 1%-3%, it…

  • Economy News

    Economic predicament: Ipsos Study reveals Thai citizens’ fears of surging inflation

    A feeling of despondency is evident among the population of Thailand as an Ipsos study revealed concerns over increasing inflation and interest rates. The research, which comprised of responses gathered from a substantial 6,000 persons, displays a disconcerting economic predicament, with more than half of the respondents predicting an inflation upswing within the next 12 months. The study was headed by…

  • Economy News

    Eggs-traordinary crisis: Thailand’s soaring egg prices crack traders and consumers alike

    The soaring cost of eggs in Thailand has left traders and consumers concerned, with some attributing the price hike to a shortage of supplies at farms and increased export demand. Wanchai Rungmitcharatsaeng, a 65 year old egg shop owner in Khon Kaen’s Mueang district, has been in the business for over 20 years and claims that egg prices have reached…

  • Economy News

    Thai GDP growth at risk as new government formation faces delays

    Concerns are rising within the private sector as the potential delay in the formation of Thailand’s new government could lead to a decline in the country’s GDP growth to 1-2%. Kriengkrai Thiennukul, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, stated that the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) is closely monitoring the political situation. A new government…

  • Business News

    OECD raises global growth outlook as inflation eases, warns of long road

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has marginally increased its global economic growth forecast to 2.7%, up from 2.6% in its previous report. This revision is attributed to easing inflation, China lifting Covid restrictions, falling energy prices, and supply chain improvements. However, the recovery remains below the 3.3% growth recorded in 2022, and the organisation warns of a…

  • Economy News

    Inflation plummets to 21-month low in Thailand as fuel and electricity prices drop

    Inflation in Thailand reached its lowest point in 21 months last month, primarily driven by declining fuel prices and electricity bills, along with a higher price base in May of the previous year. Experts predict that the inflation rate will further decrease throughout June. Wichanun Niwatjinda, deputy director-general of the Trade Policy and Strategy Office, expects inflation for June to…

  • Business News

    Bank of Thailand likely to hike rates amid inflation concerns

    Inflation concerns prompt predictions of further Bank of Thailand rate hikes this year, as the nation’s economy recovers. Siam Commercial Bank’s research unit, SCB Economic Intelligence Center (EIC), anticipates the central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will increase its policy benchmark rate by a quarter percentage point in both August and September, bringing it to 2.5% from the current 2%.…

  • Business News

    Bank of Thailand raises key interest rate amid inflation risks

    The Bank of Thailand announced a 25 basis point increase in its key interest rate, bringing it to 2%. This marks the sixth consecutive meeting where the central bank has raised the rate, with a total increase of 150 basis points since August last year. The decision was unanimous among the Monetary Policy Committee members and in line with the expectations…

  • Business News

    Bank of Japan to maintain ultra-loose policy, downplays change expectations

    The Bank of Japan’s Governor, Kazuo Ueda, has stated that the central bank will continue to maintain its ultra-loose monetary policy, as there remains a significant gap to achieve the 2% inflation target sustainably. Ueda’s comments downplay the expectations of a policy change in the near future. He told parliament, “We expect inflation to quite clearly slow below 2% toward…

  • Business News

    Diesel prices dip amid global economic recession fears and interest rate hikes

    On Monday, Diesel prices have fallen to around 32 baht per litre, as global crude oil prices continue to decline amidst concerns about an economic recession. The Oil Fuel Fund Office (Offo) has attributed this decrease to economic contraction, resulting from central banks’ interest rate hikes. As central banks, including the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB), continue…

  • World News

    South Korea to raise electricity and city gas prices amid high inflation and cost of living

    South Korea announced today that it will increase electricity prices by 5.3% in an effort to partly account for rising generation costs. This decision, initially slated for implementation on April 1, was postponed by over a month due to concerns about the potential impact on already high inflation rates and the cost of living. This will be the second electricity…

  • Business News

    Thai food exports forecast to grow despite challenges

    Despite economic uncertainties, inflationary pressures, foreign exchange fluctuations, and rising production costs, Thai food exports are predicted to grow by 2.1% to 1.5 trillion baht this year. The main factors supporting this outlook include the government’s policies to stimulate economic growth, the country’s reopening after the pandemic, global supply chain shortages, increased concerns about food safety, and the high-quality standards…