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Brunei’s March CPI up 0.8%

THE Consumer Price Index (CPI) had increased by 0.8 per cent in March compared with February this year, according to the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE).

JPKE said higher air fare, which pushed the transport index to increase by 1.5 per cent, is one of the main reasons behind the rise in March’s CPI.

Higher prices of several garments as well as shoes and footwear increased the clothing and footwear index by 5.7 per cent. The furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance index also increased by 2.1 per cent owing to higher prices of household textiles.

Health and education indices were unchanged.

Restaurants and hotels index decreased by 0.6 per cent due to lower prices of selected food items from restaurants and cafes as well as accommodation services. The recreation and culture index dropped by 0.1 per cent due to lower prices of stationery and drawing materials. Communication index also decreased by 0.1 per cent mainly due to lower prices of telephone and telefax equipment.

Compared with March 2015, the CPI for March 2016 has increased by less than 0.05 per cent, owing to higher indices of recreation and culture (3.6 per cent); education (6.0 per cent); and transport (0.5 per cent), according to JPKE.

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.

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