U.A.E. July Consumer Prices Rise at Slower Pace as Housing Lags

Inflation in the United Arab Emirates slowed to 1.3 percent in July from 1.7 percent in the previous month, as housing and fuel prices saw the biggest monthly drop in more than a year.

Housing, fuel, electricity and water prices fell 2.43 percent year on year, and by 1.6 percent from a month earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said in an e-mail today. That’s the biggest monthly decline since December 2009, when prices dropped by 1.2 percent, Bloomberg data shows. Consumer prices fell 0.16 percent from June.

“The rising supply of housing continues to pressure rents,” said Giyas Gokkent, chief economist at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the U.A.E.’s second-biggest bank. “This downward pressure on rents will continue to have a moderating impact on overall inflation in the U.A.E.”

Property prices in the U.A.E. have dropped by more than half since mid-2008 when the global credit crunch sent property markets around the world tumbling. Rents in Abu Dhabi have fallen 40 percent since the market’s peak, Jones Lang LaSalle estimates. Those in Dubai, the worst performing market in the Middle East for the past three years, have dropped 55 percent, according to Deutsche Bank AG. (DB)

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