Tokyo, 27th May, 2016 (WAM) – Japan’s core consumer price index in April fell 0.3 pct from a year earlier, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday.

The result compared with the median forecast of a 0.4 pct decrease among 21 economic research institutes surveyed by Jiji Press.

The core CPI, which excludes often volatile fresh food prices, stood at 102.9 against 100 for the base year of 2010. Month on month, the index was up 0.3 pct.

For Tokyo’s densely populated 23 wards, the core CPI for May stood at 101.7, down 0.5 pct from a year before.