* Dec headline CPI seen +0.9% y/y vs Nov's +0.21%
* Dec core CPI seen +0.5% y/y vs Nov's +0.47%
* Data due Thursday, Jan 2, around 0330 GMT
BANGKOK, Thailand's annual headline
inflation rate in December likely quickened from the previous
month but remained below the central bank's target for the
seventh straight month, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.
The headline consumer price index (CPI) is forecast to rise
0.9% in December from a year earlier after November's 0.21%
increase, according to the median forecast of nine economists in
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The Bank of Thailand (BOT) forecast headline inflation of
0.7% for this year and 0.8% for 2020.
That will still be lower than the central bank's official
target range of 1%-4% for 2019 and 1%-3% for 2020. The target is
reviewed each year. nL3N27O25I
The core inflation rate, which strips out energy and fresh
food prices, was seen at 0.5% in December, according to the
poll. It was 0.47% in November.
Source: ASEAN Exchanges