Weekly Inflation Rises by 0.21%

The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) based weekly inflation for the week ended on February 06, for the combined consumption group, increased by 0.21 percent as compared to the previous week.

The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week under review in the above-mentioned group was recorded at 131.35 points against 131.08 points registered in the previous week, according to the latest data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The weekly SPI with base year 2015-16=100 is covering 17 urban centers and 51 essential items for all expenditure groups.

The SPI for the lowest consumption group up to Rs 17,732 witnessed 0.48 percent increase and went up from 134.70 points in last week to 134.06 points during the week under review.

As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined consumption group in the week under review witnessed an increase of 17.58 percent, while, for the lowest group, it increased by 16.18 percent.

The SPI for the consumption groups from Rs. 17,733-22,888, from Rs. 22,889-29,517, Rs. 29,518-44,175 and above Rs 44,175 per month also increased by 0.42 percent, 0.35 percent, 0.28 percent and 0.09 percent respectively.

During the week under review, average prices of 8 items registered decrease, while that of 16 items prices increased with the remaining 27 items’ prices unchanged.

The items, which recorded increase in their average prices included garlic (lehsun), vegetable ghee dalda/habib or other superior quality, vegetable ghee dalda/habib 2.5 kg tin, cooking oil dalda or other similar brand (sn), onions, sugar refined, gur (average quality), pulse moong (washed), bananas (kela) local, tea prepared ordinary, firewood whole, bread plain (small size), rice irri-6/9 (sindh/punjab), mustard oil (average quality), pulse masoor (washed), mutton (average quality). The prices of commodities which registered decrease included tomatoes, eggs potatoes, LPG, wheat flour bag, chicken farm broiler, pulse gram, pulse mash (washed).

The prices of the commodities that observed no change in their price during the week under review included rice basmati broken, beef with bone, milk fresh, curd, powdered milk NIDO, salt powdered, chilies powder, tea Lipton yellow label, cooked daal, cigarettes capstan, long cloth, shirting, lawn printed, georgette, gents sandal Bata, gents sponge chappal, ladies sandal Bata, electricity charges, gas charges upto 3.3719 MMBTU, energy saver Philips, Sufi washing soap, match box, petrol super, hi speed diesel telephone call charges toilet soap lifebuoy.



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