Price of potatoes, onions, other food items go down

The food commodities that witnessed decrease in prices on Week-on-Week basis included potatoes (5.26%) , chillies(4.16%) percent onions (2.80%), gur (0.76%) and wheat flour (0.12%).

ISLAMABAD, Dec 24 (APP): The prices of various food items went down during the week ending on December 23 as compared to the previous week, according to the Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) here Friday.

According to the data, the food commodities that witnessed decrease in prices on Week-on-Week (WoW) basis included potatoes and chillies, the prices of which declined by 5.26 percent and 4.16 percent respectively.

The other food products that witnessed decrease in prices included onions (2.80%), gur (0.76%) and wheat flour (0.12%)

On Year-on-Year (YoY) basis, the commodities that witnessed decrease in prices during the week compared to corresponding week of last year included onions (25.15%), pulse Moong (24.56%), tomatoes (16.48%), ggs (10.03%), chicken (9.74%) and potatoes (7.98%).

On the other hand, the items that witnessed increase in prices on WoW basis included pulse tomatoes (7.28%), eggs (2.95%), pulse Masoor (1.72%), sugar (1.46%), gents sponge chappal (20.08%), ladies sandal (16.69%), gents sandal (8.34%), LPG (5.03%) and georgette (1.00%)

On YoY basis, the commodities that witnessed increase in prices included electricity for Q1 (83.95%), LPG (71.18%), cooking oil 5 litre (59.93%), vegetable ghee 1 Kg (56.77%), vegetable ghee 2.5 Kg (54.70%), mustard Oil (53.75%), gents sponge chappal (50.25%), gents sandal (44.49%), washing soap (44.39%), petrol (35.42%), pulse Masoor (34.35%), chilies Powdered (26.75%) and diesel (26.72%),

During the week, out of 51 items, prices of 23 (45.09%) items increased, 05 (9.80%) items decreased and 23 (45.09%) items remained stable

It is pertinent to mention here that the overall SPI based weekly inflation for the week ended on December 16 witnessed an increase of 0.40 per cent for the combined income group as compared to the previous week.

The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 168.83 points against 168.16 points registered in the previous week.

The weekly SPI with base year 2015-16=100 is covering 17 urban centers and 51 essential items for all expenditure groups.

The Sensitive Price Indicator for the lowest consumption group up to Rs17,732 witnessed 0.28 percent increase and went up from 177.32 points in last week to 177.82 points during the week under review.

Meanwhile, the SPI for the consumption groups from Rs17,732-22,888; Rs22,889-29,517; Rs29,518-44,175 and above Rs 44,175 increased by 0.29 percent, 0.31 percent, 0.133 percent and 0.46 percent respectively.