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Vietnam 2019 average inflation rises 2.79% - govt statistics office

HANOI, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Vietnam's average consumer price index in 2019 rose 2.79%, led by an increase in the cost of healthcare, education and food, government data released on Friday showed.

The cost of healthcare services and medicines rose 3.84% in the year, while the cost of education services was up 4.24%, the General Statistics Office (GSO) said in a statement.

Food and food service costs rose 5.78%.

Consumer prices in December rose 5.23% from a year earlier, and were up 1.40% from November, the GSO said.

Core inflation - excluding food, energy, health care and education prices - rose 2.01% in 2019, the GSO said. (Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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