Japan's consumers pay more for 2nd month

Japan's consumers paid more for goods and services for a second straight month in October, mainly on the back of higher energy prices.

The internal affairs ministry says the Consumer Price Index was up 0.1 percent from a year ago. The gauge excludes fresh food.

The main factor was crude oil. Global demand has surged as economies recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kerosene prices in Japan rose 25.6 percent from a year earlier. Gasoline was up 21.4 percent.

Overall energy prices jumped 11.3 percent, their biggest gain since September 2008.

Ministry officials say the more expensive oil, as well as a stronger US dollar, pushed prices of raw materials higher.