Singapore's core consumer price index (CPI) in September rose 0.7% from a year earlier, compared with a 0.8% rise in August. The September figure was also lower than the median forecast in a Reuters poll that called for a 0.8% rise.
Singapore's headline consumer price index, however, rose 0.5% from a year ago in September, unchanged from the month earlier and as expected.
Core inflation is the Monetary Authority of Singapore's preferred price gauge for setting monetary policy. It excludes changes in the price of cars and accommodation, which are influenced more by government policies.
(Reporting by Fathin Ungku; Editing by Tom Hogue)