POLL-Thai Dec headline inflation rate seen quickening to 0.9%

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poll data

* 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

the poll. nB7N25300E

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