The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI), for the week ended on February 10, for the lowest income group up to Rs.3,000, has registered increase of 0.03 per cent over the previous week.
The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 296.33 points as against 296.25 points registered in the previous week, according provisional figures of Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS).
The weekly SPI has been computed with base 2000 2001=100 covering 17 urban centres and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined.
SPI for the combined group also registered an increase of 0.22 per cent as it went up from 280.76 points in the previous week to 281.38 points in the week under review.
As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined group in the week under review witnessed increase of 16.28 percent. As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups ranging from Rs.3001 5000, Rs.5001 12000 and above Rs.12000 increased by 0.05 percent, 0.13 percent and 0.24 percent respectively.
During the week under review average prices of 10 items registered decrease, while that of 22 items increase with the remaining 21 items’ prices unchanged.
The items which recorded decrease in their average prices during the week under review included tomatoes, LPG (11 kg cylender), onions, egg hen (farm), sugar, gur, potatoes, moong pulse (washed), rice basmati (broken), masoor pulse (washed).
The items which registered increase in their prices included chicken (farm), bath soap, vegetable ghee (tin), cooking oil (tin), washing soap, mutton, garlic, vegetable ghee (loose), red chillies, milk (fresh), curd, bananas, firewood, beef, electricity bulb, wheat flour (average quality), gram pulse (washed), shirting, rice (irri-6), mustard oil, wheat (average quality), mash pulse (washed).
The items with no change in their average prices during the week under review included bread (plain), milk (powdered), salt (powdered), tea (packet), tea (prepared), cooked beef, cooked dal, cigarettes, coarse latha, lawn, voil (printed), sandal (gents), sandal (ladies), chappal, kerosene, match box, gas charges (up to 3.3719 MMBTU), electricity charges, petrol, diesel and telephone local call.