By: Tsai Peng-min and Frances Huang
Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) Taiwan's consumer prices rose slightly in October from a year earlier, due mainly to an increase in medical costs, tourism expenses, and the prices of fruit, cosmetics and sanitation items, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said Wednesday.
DGBAS data showed that the consumer price index (CPI) increased 0.39 percent year-on-year in October after a 0.43 percent rise in September.
On a monthly basis, the CPI rose 0.03 percent, but after seasonal adjustments, the figure showed a 0.35 percent drop.
The core CPI, which excludes fruit, vegetables and energy, rose 0.66 percent in October from a year earlier, the DGBAS figures showed. [FULL STO-RY]