PHILIPPINE headline inflation stayed at 4.5 percent in April due to the slower pickup in prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported.

In a briefing on Wednesday, National Statistician Claire Dennis Mapa said last month's figure matched the recorded inflation in March but still significantly higher than the 2.2 percent a year ago.

It also settled within the 4.2 to 5 percent forecast range of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the 4.5 to 4.8 percent projection of analysts polled by The Manila Times.

The year-to-date consumer price growth averaged 4.5 percent, surpassing the BSP’s 2- to 4-percent range for 2021.