Half of Singaporeans expect inflation to decline in the next 12 months
Consumers cite three reasons for the shift in their expectations.
More Singaporeans (50%) now expect inflation to decline in the next 12 months, the Singapore Index of Inflation Expectations Survey revealed.
In the December 2022 edition of the survey, only 41% believed that price pressures will ease within a year.
According to the survey, consumers are now more positive about their inflation expectations because central banks in major economies are raising interest rates (41%), and there has been a slowdown in global growth (35%).
Consumers also expect the resolution of pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions to relieve price pressures.
Whilst more Singaporeans think prices will decrease, some believe otherwise.
Based on the survey, 41% of consumers still expect inflation to increase in the next 12 months, likely because of central banks in major economies raising interest rates (36%), higher demand due to the relaxation of pandemic restrictions (27%) and geopolitical uncertainties due to the Ukraine-Russia conflict (23%).
Some (11%) also cited lingering supply chain disruptions to push prices up.
Meanwhile, the survey also found that consumers are divided on whether the current economic conditions will negatively impact one-year-ahead and five-year-ahead overall inflation.
Consumers are unsure whether current economic conditions will positively or negatively impact food, transportation, housing & utilities, healthcare, clothing & footwear, and household durables & services.