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Indonesia Sept inflation at 4.31 pct y/y, below forecast

JAKARTA, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Indonesia's inflation in September eased to 4.31 percent from a year earlier, lower t han expected and versus 4.58 percent in August, the country's statistics bureau said on Monday.

A Reuters poll of analysts had projected consumer prices in September would be 4.60 percent higher than a year earlier.

KEY DATA: CPI (y/y pct (m/m pct change) change) Sept 4.31 0.01 Aug 4.58 0.95 July 4.56 0.70 June 4.53 0.62 May 4.45 0.07 April 4.50 0.21 March 3.97 0.07 Feb 3.56 0.05 Jan 3.65 0.76 Dec 3.79 0.57 Nov 4.15 0.34 Oct 4.42 -0.12 Sept 4.61 0.27 Aug 4.79 0.93 July 4.61 0.67 June 5.54 0.55 May 5.98 0.12 April 6.16 -0.31 March 6.65 -0.32 Feb 6.84 0.13 Jan 7.02 0.89 Dec 6.96 0.92 Nov 6.33 0.60 Oct 5.67 0.06 Sept 5.80 0.44 CONTEXT

Inflation in September was lower than forecast in Reuters poll, as as prices of foodstuffs eased after the Eid al-Fitr Muslim festivities in August.

The September level should help ensure inflation is within Bank Indonesia's end-2012 target of 3.5-5.5 percent.

Inflation in Indonesia in August picked up slightly to 4.58 percent from a year earlier, versus 4.56 percent in July.

The mild inflation figures, coupled with the gloomy outlook of the global economy, mean Bank Indonesia is expected to keep its benchmark rate at a record low 5.75 percent for the rest of the year, economists say.

(Reporting by Rieka Rahadiana and Adriana Nina Kusuma; Editing by Richard Borsuk and Matthew Bigg)

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Keywords: INDONESIA ECONOMY/INFLATION