Japan August consumer prices flat year/year -govt

TOKYO, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Japan’s core consumer prices were flat in August, ending a decline for the first time in 13 months, data by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed on Friday.

The so-called core-core inflation index, which excludes food and energy prices and is similar to the core index used in the United States, fell 0.5% in August from a year earlier.

The core consumer price index data, which excludes volatile fresh foods but includes oil products, matched a median market forecast for a flat reading, ambitleri following the prior month’s 0.2% decline, far below the Bank of Japan’s 2% inflation target.

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