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Consumer prices rise 2.89% in January 2014 -Statistics
February 24, 2014, 9:17 am
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The general index of consumer prices in the month of January 2014 showed a rise of 2.89 percent compared with January 2013, the Central Statistical Bureau said Sunday.

The monthly report on statistical analysis of the indices of consumer prices for the month of January 2014 recorded a rise of 131.6, 0.15 percent as a result of the rise in prices of some major groups with influential figures in the movement and low standard of some groups.

The monthly record of the general index of consumer prices in the month of January 2014 showed a rise as a result of the rates of change in major groups.

The First main group is "Food and Beverages." The sub-groups in this group have shown an increase during the month of January 2014 by 0.84 percent. The indicators affecting the food group during the month of January 2014 are: fish and seafood which rose by 4.42 percent, vegetables by 1.84 percent, fruits by 1.00 percent and beverages by 0.15 percent.

Other sub-groups that went down during the month of January of 2014 are: meat and poultry by 0.07 percent, sugar and sugar products by 0.15 percent and other food items by 0.84 percent.

The second main group is "Tobacco narcotics." The Index of this group has increased by 0.45 percent during the month as a result of the price movements of the following: the rise in the prices of all types of Tobacco by 0.45 percent and the rise in the prices of shesha tobacco by 0.5 percent.

The third main group is "clothing and footwear." The Index for this group decreased by 0.62 percent during the month of January 2014 as a result of drop in the prices of clothing set by 0.31 percent and the drop in the prices of footwear by 3.18 percent.

The fourth main group is "home furnishings and equipment maintenance." The Index for this group decreased by 0.07 percent during the month of January 2014 as a result of changes in the prices of the following groups: drop in the prices of Furniture, furnishings and carpets by 0.39 percent, drop in the prices of household appliance by 0.06 percent and the Rise in the prices of household goods and services and maintenance works by 0.37 percent.

The fifth main group is "health." The index for this group has increased by 0.08 percent during the month of January 2014 as a result of the rise in the prices of medical products, appliance and equipment by 0.08 percent. In "transport", the sixth main group, the Index has stood at 123.6 with no change as the previous month. Similarly, in "communications", the seventh main group, the index has stood at 100.9 with no change as the previous month.

In the eighth main group which is "recreational and cultural," the index has increased by 0.31 percent during the month of January of 2014 as a result of the rise in the prices of Audio-visual and photographic information by 0.33 percent.
The index of "Education", the ninth main group, has stood at 126.4 same as the previous month. The index of the tenth main group which is "restaurants and hotels" has stood at 130.5 same as the previous month.

The index of the eleventh main group, "miscellaneous goods and services," has increased during January 2014 by 0.08 percent as a result of a rise in the prices of personal effects by 0.72 percent and a drop in the prices of Personal Care Group by 0.37 percent.

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