Pakistan

LAHORE – Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation increased by 7.19 per cent in January 2019, the highest level in over four years.

On a month-on-month basis, the CPI increased by 1 per cent in January 2019 against December 2018.

The average inflation rate during July-January (2018-19) was recorded at 6.21 per cent over the same period last year.

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The PBS collects retail and wholesale prices and computes the CPI, Wholesale Price Index (WPI) on a monthly basis and Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) on weekly basis. In January 2019 the CPI increased by 1%, WPI decreased by 0.21% while SPI increased by 0.41% respectively.

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics said that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation has been increased by 7.19 per cent in January 2019 as compared to the same period last year.

Rising electricity and liquefied natural gas prices and a spike in tomatoes, garlic and medicine were the main reason behind the January month-on-month inflation rise.

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The CPI increased by 1 per cent in January 2019 against December 2018. The average inflation rate during July-January (2018-19) stood at 6.21 per cent over the same period last year.

During the week under review, average prices of 09 items registered decrease included garlic, LPG Cylinder, eggs, potatoes, masoor pulse, sugar, vegetable ghee (tin), red chilly and moong pulse.

While that of 15 items which recorded increase in their average prices included tomatoes, chicken (farm), bananas,onions, gur, milk (fresh), rice (irri-6), vegetable ghee (loose), mustard oil, beef, wheat flour (bag), tea (prepared), gram pulse, mutton and wheat. The remaining 29 items’ prices remained unchanged.