Sri Lanka: Inflation

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 Sri Lanka

Inflation: percent change in the Consumer Price Index

 Latest value 49.7
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1960 - 2022
 Average 8.8
 Min - Max -1.5 - 49.7
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Sri Lanka from 1960 to 2022. The average value for Sri Lanka during that period was 8.8 percent with a minimum of -1.5 percent in 1960 and a maximum of 49.7 percent in 2022. The latest value from 2022 is 49.7 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 162 countries is 12.7 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Sri Lanka - Inflation - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Sri Lanka - Inflation - historical chart - 1960-2022




Inflation in Sri Lanka and other countries is usually calculated as the percent change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from one year to the next. The CPI represents the prices paid by the average urban consumer in each respective country. Inflation can also be calculated with other price indexes such as the Produce Price Index or the so-called GDP deflator.

Most countries try to keep inflation somewhere around 2-3 percent per year. That is too low to cause any problems for the businesses and households. At the same time, it is comfortably away from negative inflation, i.e. from deflation. Of course, this target is often missed.
Definition: Inflation as measured by the consumer price index reflects the annual percentage change in the cost to the average consumer of acquiring a basket of goods and services that may be fixed or changed at specified intervals, such as yearly. The Laspeyres formula is generally used.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Inflation 49.7 2022 percent
 Exchange rate regimes 5 2021 index points
 USD exchange rate 323.3631 9/2023 Local Currency Units per USD
 Money supply (broad money) 12,805.66 9/2023 billion
 Consumer Price Index (CPI) 203.5000 9/2023 index points
 Inflation, monthly 0.79 9/2023 percent
 Inflation, annual 0.79 9/2023 percent
 Private sector credit 7,162.26 9/2023 billion
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