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ISLAMABAD: The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended April 28, 2022 recorded an increase of 0.43 percent mainly due to increase in prices of food items, including tomatoes (42.85 percent), onions (13.11 percent), eggs (3.67 percent), chicken (2.02 percent), vegetable ghee 1kg (1.26 percent), vegetable ghee 2.5 kg (1.15 percent) and non-food items, toilet soap (2.06 percent), and cigarettes (2.03 percent), says Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

The year-on-year trend depicts an increase of 15.86 percent mainly due to increase in the prices of tomatoes (154.16 percent), onions (137.52 percent, LPG (86.92 percent), garlic (82.58 percent), cooking oil 5 litre (59.70 percent), vegetable ghee 2.5 kg (59.55 percent), vegetable ghee 1kg (58.43 percent), mustard oil (57.54 percent), masoor (44.59 percent), washing soap (39.33 percent), petrol (37.42 percent) and diesel (29.63 percent), while major decrease observed in the prices of chillies powdered (39.50 percent), potatoes (26.88 percent), moong (26.31 percent), sugar (10.94 percent), wheat flour (10.59 percent), eggs (6.93 percent), electricity charges for q1 (4.37 percent), and bananas (1.42 percent).

According to the latest data, the SPI went up from 171.05 percent during the week ended April 21, 2022 to 171.78 percent during the week under review.

The SPI for the consumption groups up to Rs17,732 and Rs17,733 to Rs22,888, Rs22,889 to Rs29,517 and Rs29,518 to Rs44,175 and for above Rs44,175 increased by 0.46 percent, 0.43 percent, 0.38 percent, 0.38 percent and 0.45 percent respectively.

During the week, out of 51 items, prices of 25 (49.02 percent) items increased, four (7.84 percent) items decreased, and 22 (43.14 percent) items remained stable, says the PBS.

SPI slightly falls WoW

The items the prices of which increased included tomatoes (42.85 percent0, onions (13.11 percent), eggs (3.67 percent), toilet soap lifebuoy (2.06 percent), cigarettes capstan 20’s packet each (2.03 percent), chicken (2.02 percent), masoor (1.46 percent), vegetable ghee Dalda/Habib or other superior quality 1kg pouch each (1.26 percent), cooked daal (1.18 percent), vegetable ghee Dalda/Habib 2.5kg tin each (1.15 percent), rice irri-6/9 (1.08 percent), cooking oil Dalda or other similar brand (SN), 5 litre tin each (0.99 percent), LPG (0.87 percent), pulse moong (0.80 percent), bananas (0.75 percent), mustard oil (0.70 percent), milk fresh (0.58 percent), garlic (0.34 percent), curd (0.34 percent), potatoes (0.29 percent), mutton (0.29 percent), pulse mash (0.27 percent), rice basmati broken (0.19 percent), cooked beef (0.02 percent) beef with bone (0.01 percent).

The items the prices of which decreased included wheat flour bag 20kg (9.96 percent), gur (1.27 percent0, sugar (1.04 percent), and pulse gram (0.34 percent).

The items prices of which remained unchanged bread plain (small size), powdered milk Nido, salt powdered, chilies powder, tea Lipton Yellow Label, tea prepared, long cloth 57” Gul Ahmed/Al Karam, shirting, lawn printed Gul Ahmed/Al Karam, Georgette, gents sandal Bata pair, gents sponge chappal Bata pair, ladies sandal Bata pair, electricity charges for q1, gas charges, firewood whole 40kg, energy saver, Sufi washing soap, match box, petrol super, hi-speed diesel, and telephone call charges.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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