ISLAMABAD: The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on October 31 for the lowest income group up to Rs.8,000 registered increase of 0.61 per cent as compared to the previous week.
The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was
recorded at 202.61 points against 201.38 points registered in the previous week, according to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
The weekly SPI has been computed with base 2007-2008=100, covering 17
urban centers and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined.
The SPI for the combined group increased by 0.47 per cent as it went
up from 209.79 points in the previous week to 210.78 points in the week under review.
As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the
combined group in the week under review witnessed increase of 12.37 percent.
As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from
Rs.8001-12,000, Rs.12,001-18,000, Rs.18001-35,000 and above Rs.35,000 increased by 0.56 percent, 0.53 percent, 0.48 percent and 0.39 percent respectively.
During the week under review average prices of 7 items registered
decrease, while that of 13 items increase with the remaining 33 items’ prices unchanged.
The items which registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included bananas, chicken live (farm), garlic, gur, onions, masoor pulse (washed) and moong pulse (washed).
The items which recorded increase in their average prices included
tomatoes, potatoes, sugar, LPG (11kg cylinder), rice basmati (broken), wheat, vegetable ghee (loose), firewood, wheat flour (bag), egg (hen), vegetable ghee (tin), gram pulse (washed), mash pulse (washed).
The items with no change in their average prices during the week under
review included rice (irri-6), bread (plain), beef, mutton, milk (fresh), curd, milk (powdered), mustard oil, cooking oil (tin), salt (powdered), red chilies (powder), tea (packet), cooked beef, cooked dal, tea (prepared), cigarettes, long cloth, shirting, lawn, georgette, sandal (gents), chappal, sandal (ladies), electric charges, kerosene oil, energy savor, washing soap, match box, petrol,diesel, telephone local call and bath soap.