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Weekly inflation downs by 1.30pc

ISLAMABAD: The Sensitive Price Index (SPI) for the combined group has been increased to 13.54 per cent for the week ended on December 05, ARY News reported.

The weekly Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) with base 2007-2008=100 covering 17 urban centers and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined has been computed by Pakistan Bureau Statics (PBS).

The SPI for the week ended on December 05 for the lowest income group up to Rs 8,000 registered decrease of 1.30 per cent as compared to the previous week.

The SPI for the week which ended on in the above mentioned group was recorded at 204.88 points against 207.58 points registered in the previous week.

According to PBS, as compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs 8001- 12,000, 12,001-18,000, 18001-35,000 and above Rs.35000 decreased by 1.21 per cent, 1.15 per cent, 1.06 and 0.88 per cent respectively.

During the week under review average prices of 19 items registered increase, while that of 11 items decrease with the remaining 23 items’ prices unchanged.

Following are items which witnessed increase in the price are chicken live (farm), match box, gram pulse (washed), masoor pulse (washed), cigarettes, moong pulse (washed), garlic, wheat, rice (irri-6), mustard oil, bread (plain), LPG, mash pulse (washed), salt (powdered), vegetable ghee (loose), firewood, wheat flour (bag), washing soap and beef.

The food items whose prices decreased were tomatoes, potatoes, onions, sugar, tea (packet), gur, bananas, egg hen (farm), vegetable ghee (tin), cooking oil (tin) and red chilies.

However, the prices of chicken  rice basmati (broken), mutton, milk (fresh), curd, milk (powdered), cooked beef, cooked dal, tea (prepared), long cloth, shirting, lawn, georgette, sandal (gents), chappal, sandal (ladies), electric charges, gas charges, kerosene oil, energy savour, petrol, diesel, telephone local call and bath soap remained unchanged.


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