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by 60 percent, while spending on wages fell by 11 percent.In July, overall prices declined by 3.9 percent year on year, less than the decline of 4.9 percent in the previous month. The price of food and non-alcoholic beverages fell by 3.3 percent, of housingand utilities 10.7 percent, of transport 17.4 percent,of communications 10.7 percent and of recreationand culture 1.3 percent. However, the price of clothing and footwear was up 4.5 percent,household operations 5.3 percent, health care 8.0 percent and education 13.8 percent.Diesel fuel rose by 19 percent from the precedingmonth, selling at KHR3913.0/
in August. Gasolinedeclined by 9.3 percent, to KHR3405.3/
. The rice price rose in Kompong Speu (16 percent), while itwas down in Kampot (7.7 percent) and Svay Rieng(3.7 percent). The price of fish rose in Battambang(4.0 percent), Kompong Cham (5.1 percent) andSvay Rieng (8.3 percent), but fell in Kompong Speu(8.3 percent) and Kampot (6.3 percent). The price of pork was down in Kampot (5.6 percent), but up inKompong Speu (3.1 percent).In July, the export prices of rice and rubber in Thaimarkets rose slightly, while maize was down. Ricerose by 7.6 percent and rubber by 0.3 percent, butthe price of maize decreased by 18 percent,compared to the previous month. This trend wasreversed for rice in Vietnamese markets, where ricesold for USD411.0/tonne, a fall of 7.8 percent fromthe previous month. However, the price of rubber climbed 2.2 percent and of cashews 2.4 percent.In July, inflation was down in all selected countriesexcept in Singapore. The rate decreased to -2.1 percent in the USA, -2.2 percent in Japan -0.6 percent in Euro zone, -1.8 percent in China, -1.5 inHong Kong, 1.6 in S. Korea (1.6 percent), -2.4 inMalaysia -4.4 percent in Thailand, while inflationremained unchanged in Singapore (-0.5).In August, the Korean won appreciated by 1.8 percent against the US dollar, the euro by 1.3 percent, the Singapore dollar by 0.5 percent and theThai baht by 0.1 percent. However, the Japaneseyen and Hong Kong dollar were lower against theUS dollar; the yen depreciating by 0.4 percent andthe Hong Kong dollar by 0.01 percent, comparedwith the preceding month.
In August crude oil sold at US cents 71.9/
, anincrease of 10 percent from the previous month.Gasoline was US cents 49.9/
, a rise of 11 percent;and diesel was US cents 49.6/
, a rise of 13 percent.