Vietnam 2019 average inflation rises 2.79% – govt statistics office

HANOI, Vietnam's average consumer price

index in 2019 rose 2.79%, led by an increase in the cost of

healthcare, education and food, government data released on

Friday showed.

The cost of healthcare services and medicines rose 3.84% in

the year, while the cost of education services was up 4.24%, the

General Statistics Office (GSO) said in a statement.

Food and food service costs rose 5.78%.

Consumer prices in December rose 5.23% from a year earlier,

and were up 1.40% from November, the GSO said.

Core inflation - excluding food, energy, health care and

education prices - rose 2.01% in 2019, the GSO said.

Source: ASEAN Exchanges