ISLAMABAD: Inflation based on the Sensitive Price Index (SPI) for the combined consumption group for the week ended on August 12 increased by 0.61% due to an uptick in prices of essential food items, data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) showed on Saturday.
The Sensitive Price Index (SPI) that is calculated on the basis of the prices of 51 essential items from 50 markets across 17 cities of the country recorded an increase of 0.61%.
This was mainly due to an increase in prices of tomatoes (37.47%), chicken (9.21%), potatoes (1.31%), and vegetable ghee 2.5 Kg (1.16%).
On the other hand, a decrease was recorded in the prices of bananas (3.82%), eggs (1.76%), onions (1.72%), Moong pulse (1.32%), LPG (0.71%) and Masoor pulse (0.37%).
Out of 51 items, prices of 18 (35.29%) items increased while those of 6 (11.76%) items decreased and the rates of 27 (52.94%) items remained unchanged.