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Malaysia's September inflation rate picks up to 4.3 pct y/y, meets forecast

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Malaysia's consumer price index

in September rose 4.3 percent from a year earlier, government data showed on

Friday, gaining in pace for the second straight month.

The annual inflation rate was in line with the median forecast in a Reuters

poll, and up from the 3.7 percent posted in August.

Headline inflation reached an eight-year high of 5.1 percent in March, but

has since moderated.

September's inflation was driven by higher fuel costs, with the transport

index rising 15.8 percent from a year earlier, data from the Statistics

Department showed.

The index for food and non-alcoholic beverages rose 4.6 percent

year-on-year, the data showed.

Malaysia's central bank has set a 2017 inflation target of 3 percent to 4

percent.

MALAYSIA CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (base 2010) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

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

yr/yr 4.3 3.7 3.2 3.6 3.9 4.4 5.1 4.5 3.2 1.8 1.8 1.4

mth/mth 0.3 0.9 -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1 3.9 1.1 0.0 1.0 0.3

September 2017 (percentage change year-on-year)

Food, non-alcoholic beverages 4.6

Alcoholic beverages, tobacco 0.1

Clothing, footwear -0.3

Housing, water, electricity, fuels 2.4

Furnishings, household equipment 2.8

Health 2.5

Transport 15.8

Communication -0.3

Recreation services, culture 0.1

Education 1.6

Restaurants, hotels 2.6

Miscellaneous goods/services 1.1

Non-food 4.2

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(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Sunil Nair)