Malaysia's Sept CPI at 2.6 pct y/y, highest in 20 months

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Malaysia's consumer price index

in September rose 2.6 percent from a year earlier reflecting higher petrol pump

prices after the government cut fuel subsidies during the month, data from the

Statistics Department showed on Friday.

The rate is the highest since January 2012 and in line with expectations.

A Reuters poll of 13 economists had forecast an annual inflation rate of

2.6 percent.

For a graphic on Malaysia's CPI and food inflation, see: http://link.reuters.com/tyc76s

MALAYSIA CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (base 2005)

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

Sept Aug July June May Apr Mar Feb Jan Dec Nov Oct

yr/yr 2.6 1.9 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.3 1.3

mth/mth 0.8 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.0 0.1 0.2

Sept 2013

(percentage change year-on-year)

Food, non-alcoholic beverages 3.9

Alcoholic beverages, tobacco 4.5

Clothing, footwear -0.5

Housing, water, electricity, fuels 1.8

Furnishings, household equipment 1.3

Health 1.7

Transport 4.6

Communication -0.6

Recreation services, culture -0.1

Education 2.6

Restaurants, hotels 2.5

Miscellaneous goods/services 0.0

Weightings/contribution to the Sept 2013 CPI Components

Components Weightings Contribution (pct)

Food, non-alcoholic beverages 30.0 45.9

Alcoholic beverages 2.2 3.5

Clothing, footwear 3.4 3.3

Housing, water, electricity, fuels 22.6 14.8

Furnishings, household equipment 4.1 3.3

Health 1.3 0.8

Transport 14.9 25.2

Communication 5.7 -1.3

Recreation services, culture 4.6 -0.2

Education 1.4 1.3

Restaurants, hotels 3.2 3.0

Miscellaneous goods/services 6.3 0.4

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(Reporting by Anuradha Raghu; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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