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Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014

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This publication presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.

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Inflation

The (annual average) inflation rate in the Asia-Pacific region has been hovering between 3% and 4% since its spike (6.6%) in 2008 due to global food and fuel price hikes.1 However, there are considerable variations among subregions and countries. South and South-West Asia is the most inflation-prone subregion. India’s annual inflation rate rose to around 11% in 2013 after dropping from a peak of 12% in 2010. On the other hand, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been successful in bringing their average annual inflation rates down from double-digit to single-digit levels — Sri Lanka from 22.6% (2008) to 6.9% (2013), Pakistan from 20.3% (2008) to 7.7% (2013) and Bangladesh from 10.7% (2011) to 7.5% (2013).

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