August CPI rises 1.9pc
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for August 2013 rose by 1.9 per cent to 107 from 105 in the same month last year.
In a statement today, the Statistics Department said compared with the previous month, the CPI was up 0.1 per cent.
Between January and August, the CPI increased 1.7 per cent to 106.5 from 104.7 recorded in the same period last year, it said.
It said the cumulative 1.7 per cent rise in the CPI was brought about by the increases observed in the indices of all the main groups except those of communications (-0.7 per cent), clothing and footwear (-0.6 per cent) and recreation services and culture (-0.1 per cent).
Notable increases among the main groups with high weights were food and non-alcoholic beverages, housing, water, electricity, gas, other fuels and transport, the department said.
From January to August, the index for food and non-alcoholic beverages and non-food increased by 3.4 per cent and 1.0 per cent respectively, it said.
The department said the index for food and non-alcoholic beverages and non-food for August rose by 3.6 per cent and 1.1 per cent respectively, compared with the same month last year.
"Three main groups -- food and non-alcoholic beverages, housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels and transport together accounted for 80.3 per cent of the overall increase recorded in the current period," it said.-- Bernama