ISLAMABAD - Inflation measured through the Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) recorded decline of 0.68 per cent during the week ended on April 14.

The SPI-based inflation registered decrease of 0.68 per cent during the week ended on April 14, according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The SPI was recorded at 173.23 points during the week ended April 14, 2022 against 174.45 points during the week ended on April 7.

The Sensitive Price Indicator for the lowest consumption group up to Rs17,732 witnessed 1.01 percent decrease and went down to 182.48 points this week from 184.35 points in last week. 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 also decreased by 0.95 percent, 0.80 percent, 0.73 percent and 0.56 percent respectively.

The year on year trend, according to the PBS data, recorded increase of 16.44 per cent, tomatoes (85.04 per cent), LPG (79.12 per cent), garlic (77 per cent), onions (67.68 per cent), cooking oil 5 litre (58.14 per cent), vegetable ghee 2.5kg (57.31 per cent), mustard oil (56.76 per cent), vegetable ghee 1kg (56.45 per cent), pulse masoor (42.51 per cent), washing soap (38.83 per cent), petrol (35.25 per cent) and diesel (27 per cent). Meanwhile, major decrease was observed in the prices of following items: chillies powdered (39.50 per cent), pulse moong (26.95 per cent), potatoes (22.36 per cent), eggs (20.13 per cent) and sugar (11.02 percent).

During the week, out of 51 items, prices of 17 items increased, 10 items decreased and 24 items remained stable, said the PBS in weekly SPI data.

The commodities, which recorded increase in their average prices, included cigarettes (5.46 per cent), eggs (2.12 per cent), pulse masoor (washed) (1.15 per cent), mutton (average quality) (0.95 per cent), chicken farm broiler (live) (0.63 per cent), cooking oil (0.57 per cent), rice basmati broken (average quality) (0.51 per cent), beef with bone (average quality) (0.5 per cent), and lawn printed (0.46 per cent). Prices of pulse gram, pulse mash (washed), milk fresh and some other items have also recorded increase during the week under review.

The commodities which recorded decrease in their prices during the period under review included tomatoes (34.14 per cent), onions (8.46 per cent), potatoes (3.73 per cent), garlic (3.68 per cent), bananas (2.61 per cent), LPG 11.67 kg cylinder (1.25 per cent), wheat flour bag (0.33 per cent) and sugar refined (0.25 per cent).

The commodities which prices remained unchanged during the period included vegetable ghee, rice IRRI-6/9, bread plain (small size), gur, salt, chilies powder and tea Lipton Yellow Label.