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CPI rises 0.6% in November

Brunei: THE Consumer Price Index for November increased by 0.6 per cent over the month before, according to the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE).

In a monthly report released by the department yesterday, an average price increase of 2.7 per cent was recorded for items listed under the Furnishing, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance category.

In this category, prices for living/sitting/dining room furniture had gone up by 5.3 per cent. Bedroom furniture increased by 5.3 per cent while other pieces of furniture had increase by 13.7 per cent, according to JPKE data.

Household textiles had gone up by 30.5 per cent on average, while Household Appliances went up by 2.4 per cent.

Glassware, Tableware and Household Utensils went up by 0.4 per cent, whereas Tools and Equipment for House and Garden had gone up by 2.9 per cent.

Various items under the Clothing and Footwear had also seen an increase in November compared to the month before.

On average, items under clothing and footwear had a 5.2 per cent increase due to higher prices of clothing materials, several garments as well as shoes and other footwear, according to the JPKE.

Clothing material for men went up 18.6 per cent while clothing material for women went up 8.5 per cent.

Garments as a whole went up 6.1 per cent with Men’s outerclothing going up 5.2 per cent and women’s outerclothing going up 12.1 per cent. Shoes and other kinds of footwear went up 4.2 per cent as a whole.

Cost of Transport has increased by 0.4 per cent overall due to higher cost of passenger transport by air, said the JPKE.

Passanger Transport by Air had gone up 3.3 per cent, according to JPKE data.

On the other hand, a decrease of 0.1 per cent was recorded in Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages in November compared to the month before.

The JPKE had recorded lower prices of rice and cereals by 0.1 per cent; milk, dairy products and eggs (0.3 per cent); fruits (0.9 per cent), vegetables (0.8 per cent); sugar, jam, honey, chocolates and confectionery (0.4 per cent); as well as coffee, tea and cocoa (0.8 per cent).

Cost of meat however had increased by 0.2 per cent as a whole, though mostly due to the cost of beef and buffalo which had gone up by one per cent.

Lamb and Mutton had gone down by 1.6 per cent while chicken went down by 0.2 per cent.

Seafood as a whole went up 0.7 per cent, due mostly to a 4.3 per cent increase in the cost of fresh or frozen prawns and other seafood besides fish.

Fresh fish had decreased by 0.7 per cent, frozen by 0.3 per cent and dried, smoke and salted seafood went down by 1.7 per cent.

The cost of mineral water and soft drinks had gone up by 0.2 per cent while fruit juice, syrups and concentrates went up by 0.3 per cent in November compared to the month before.

The cost of Recreation and Culture had decreased by 0.1 per cent as JPKE recorded lower cost of computers and computer accessories, books as well as package holidays and pilgrimages.

Computers and accessories went down by one per cent in November, while books were recorded to have gone down by 1.4 per cent. Package holidays/Pilgrimages went down by 0.4 per cent.

According to the JPKE, CPI for November 2015 increased by 0.1 per cent compared to November 2014, largely due to higher index of Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels; Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages; and Recreation and Culture.

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 November 2015 is available from JPKE’s website: Brunei Times

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