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Thai Aug headline CPI drops 0.50% y/y, smaller than forecast fall

BANGKOK, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Thailand’s headline consumer price index (CPI) declined 0.50% in August from a year earlier, a smaller than expected drop, commerce ministry data showed on Thursday.

The reading compared with a forecast for a fall of 0.65% in a Reuters poll, and July’s 0.98% decline.

The core CPI index rose 0.30% from a year earlier, compared with a forecast of 0.30% increase, and against July’s 0.39% rise. (Reporting by Kitiphong Thaichareon; Writing Orathai Sriring; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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