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    Rising prices attribute to 3.8pc increase in CPI

    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in March 2022 increased by 3.8 per cent year-on-year compared to March 2021, according to the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics’ (DEPS) report.

    The rise was in line with the increase in non-food (3.9 per cent) and food and non-alcoholic beverages (3.4 per cent) prices.

    The increase in the non-food component was driven by miscellaneous goods and services (18.1 per cent) and transport (six per cent).

    The rise in non-food component was also contributed by water, electricity, gas and other fuels (2.1 per cent).

    Miscellaneous goods and services prices rose mainly due to the increase in the price of vehicle insurance. Meanwhile, the increase in transport was mainly due to the increase in motor cars and air fares.

    Rising prices of rental for housing as well as maintenance and repair of the dwelling drove up housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuel prices.

    The increase in food and non-alcoholic beverages was due to the rise in prices of food such as cooking oil (27.5 per cent); chicken meat (8.5 per cent); and fresh fish (7.7 per cent).

    The increase in cooking oil was mainly due to the rise in input prices of vegetable oil and palm oil. Meanwhile, the increase in the price of chicken meat was due to, among others, rising cost of chicken feed.

    For month-on-month changes, the CPI in March 2022 increased by 0.9 per cent compared to February 2022. The food and non-alcoholic beverages index increased by 0.6 per cent while the non-food index increased by one per cent.

    The CPI is a measure of price changes of goods and services paid by the consumer in a specified period and compiled on a monthly basis.

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