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KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 (Reuters) - Malaysia’s economy grappled with subdued consumption for a third straight month in May, with the consumer price index (CPI) falling 2.9% from a year earlier, government data showed on Wednesday.
Consumer prices, which fell in March for the first time since February last year, were also down 2.9% in April mainly due to cheaper pump prices.
A Reuters poll had forecast an annual fall of 2.7% in May. (Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)