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Saudi inflation reduces slightly in January

The annual inflation rate in the Kingdom decreased marginally to 4.1 percent in January.

February 22, 2010 4:23 by

The annual inflation rate in Saudi Arabia decreased marginally from 4.2 percent in December to 4.1 percent in January, according to data released by the government statistics department. However, month-to-month, the cost of living index increased 0.2 per cent in January, reported the Kingdom’s official news agency SPA.

“Inflationary pressure in the Kingdom is expected to continue during the first quarter of 2010 but at a lesser level than in the fourth quarter of 2009,” the central bank said in a report on Sunday. Some inflationary pressures will continue because of housing costs, it added.

The head of Dubai property developer Deyaar says he believes the emirate’s battered property prices have largely bottomed out, though he doesn’t expect a recovery from the crash to begin until at least next year.

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