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Friday Oct 22 2021
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BDBusiness Desk

Surge in inflation: Prices of tomatoes, 29 other items increase

By
BDBusiness Desk
Men sell vegetables at their makeshift stalls at the Empress Market in Karachi, Pakistan April 2, 2018. — Reuters/File
Men sell vegetables at their makeshift stalls at the Empress Market in Karachi, Pakistan April 2, 2018. — Reuters/File

  • The weekly inflation increases by 1.38% during the week ended October 21.
  • Prices of seven items, including chicken, wheat flour bag and onions decline.
  • On a year-on-year basis, the inflation based on the SPI increased 14.48%.


KARACHI: The weekly inflation, based on the Sensitive Price Index (SPI), for the week ended October 21 registered an increase of 1.38% for the combined income group going up from 159.26 points during the week ended October 14 to 161.46 points in the week under review.

According to the provisional figures released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the average prices of 29 essential items, including tomatoes, mustard oil, vegetable ghee, potatoes, cooking oil, etc., rose during the outgoing week.

Prices of seven items, including chicken, wheat flour and onions declined. Meanwhile, the rates of 15 essential goods remained unchanged.

The bureau, in its weekly report, said that among food items, the price of tomatoes increased by a significant 41.63%. Meanwhile, prices of mustard oil, vegetable ghee, bread plain, potatoes and cooking oil (5 litres) recorded an increase of 2.23%, 1.91%, 1.84%, 1.57% and 1.50%.

Among non-food items, prices of diesel, petrol, LPG rose by 10.06%, 8.19% and 7.11%.

During the week under review, the price of chicken dropped by 2.45%, while the price of moong (pulse), onions and wheat flour recorded a decrease of 1.09%, 0.78% and 0.18%.

The SPI for the lowest income group increased 0.96% compared to the previous week. The index for the group stood at 171.85 points against 170.22 points in the previous week.

On a year-on-year basis, the inflation based on the SPI increased 14.48%.