MANILA, May 5 (Reuters) – Philippine annual inflation jumped to 4.9% in April, surging beyond this year’s 2%-4% target band, due mainly to increases in energy and food prices, the statistics agency said on Thursday.
The headline figure was stronger than the median forecast of a 4.6% increase in a Reuters poll, and near the top end of the central bank’s projected range of 4.2% to 5.0% for the month.
(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Enrico dela Cruz. Editing by Ed Davies)
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