ISLAMABAD: The country’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation rate for the month of August 2013 rose to 1.16 percent over the previous month (July 2013).
On year-on-year basis, the inflation during August 2013 increased by 8.55 percent as compared to the same month of last year, said Arif Mehmood Cheema, Director General, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), while addressing a press briefing here on Monday.
The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) and Sensitive Prices Index (SPI) in August 2013 increased by 2.65 percent and 1.53 percent when compared to May 2013.
On month-on-month basis, the food items that witnessed increase in the prices during August 2013 over July 2013 included onions (34.57%), chicken
(12.15%), potatoes (7.36%), eggs (6.23%), wheat (4.94%), wheat flour (4.49%), fresh vegetables (4.15%), gur (3.74%), wheat products (2.36%), cereals (1.92%), milk products (1.83%), beans (1.7%), bakery and confectionery (1.66%), sweetmeat (1.33%), milk fresh (1.26%), beverages (1.24%), and readymade food (1.15%).
The food items that witnessed decrease in the prices during August 2013 over July 2013 included tomatoes (11.54%), pulse gram (4.71%), gram whole (3.41%), besan (3.37%), fresh fruits (2.47%), cooking oil (0.9%), mustard oil (0.57%), sugar (0.4%), pulse masoor and pulse moong (0.29%), and spices (0.21%).
The non-food items that witnessed increase during the month included personal equipments (3.09%), text books (2.63%), readymade garments (2.3%), kerosene oil (2.08%), tailoring (1.9%), motor fuel (1.72%), doctor MBBS clinic fee (1.27%), cleaning and laundry, plastic products and washing soaps (1.24% each), household servant (1.18%), hosiery and stationery (1.16%), and mechanical services (1.11%).
During the month of August 2013 over August 2012, the trimmed core inflation has been observed as 7.9 percent while it was 10.6 percent during August 2012 over June 2011.
On the other hand, the non-food and non-energy core inflation has been observed as 8.5 percent, while it was 10.8 percent during August 2012 over August 2011.