AN INCREASE of 8.0 per cent was recorded in clothing and footwear due to higher prices of selected clothing materials, several garments, other articles of clothing and clothing accessories as well as shoes and footwear. Furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance increased by 3.0 per cent following higher cost of furniture and furnishings, household textiles, household appliances, glassware, tableware and household utensils, tools and equipment for house as well as non-durable household goods. Transport also increased by 0.5 per cent due to higher prices of spare parts and accessories of vehicles as well as passenger transport services by air.
A decrease of 1.2 per cent was recorded in health due to lower prices of medicinal preparations and patent medicines. Communication recorded a decrease less than 0.05 per cent due to lower cost of telephone and telefax equipment. Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels also decreased by less than 0.05 per cent following lower cost of materials for the maintenance and repair of the dwelling.
CPI for August 2014 decreased by 0.3 per cent compared to August 2013, largely due to lower indices of recreation and culture; transport; and furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance.
CPI is a measure of price changes of goods and services paid by the consumer in a specified period. The list of goods and services in the CPI is based on the average expenditure per household from the Household Expenditure Survey. The CPI full report for August 2014 is available from JPKE’s website: www.depd.gov.bn.