The Philippines' inflation rate rose for a fourth straight month, to 7.2 percent in June from 6.8 percent in May, the National Statistics Office said Thursday.
Average inflation for the first half of 1995 was 6.26 percent.The NSO said the rise in inflation was the resuilt of price increases in most major commodity groups.
Prices of food, beverages and tobacco increased 7.5 percent in June
from 6.7 percent in May. The housing-and-repairs group posted the highest rise, to 11.5 percent from 10.7 percent.
Prices in services and the fuel, light and water group, meanwhile, were stable.