Consumer Price Index

FBoS Release No: 18, 2018

29th March 2018


The Consumer Price Index [CPI] is compiled to indicate average changes in the prices of goods and services purchased by households nationwide with monthly price collections carried out in the urban areas [Suva, Lami, Nasinu, Nausori, Lautoka, Nadi, Ba and Labasa]. The index is currently taken to represent price changes in the rural areas as well. The CPI weights are derived from the Household Income and Expenditure Survey [HIES] of 2008/2009.

March 2018 Highlights

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There are two measures of inflation used in Fiji. One compares the average CPI over the past twelve months with the average CPI over the previous twelve months while the other compares the CPI in the current month with the CPI in the comparable month of the previous year.

Details of price changes between February 2018 and March 2018 by expenditure class are as follows:

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FOOD AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: +1.2%
Higher prices were recorded for milk, cheese & eggs, oils & fats, fruit, vegetables and non-alcoholic beverages such as soft drinks & fruit juices.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, TOBACCO AND NARCOTICS: +0.8%
Higher prices were recorded for spirits, beer and yaqona.

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR: +0.3%
Higher prices were recorded for garments, other articles of clothing & clothing accessories and shoes & other footwear.

HOUSING, WATER, ELECTRICITY, GAS AND OTHER FUELS: 0.0%
No price changes were recorded in this division.

FURNISHINGS, HOUSEHOLD EQUIPMENT AND ROUTINE HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE: +0.1%
Higher prices were recorded for furniture & furnishings, small electric household appliance, glassware, tableware & household utensils, small tools & miscellaneous accessories and non-durable household goods.
HEALTH: +0.3%
Higher prices were recorded for pharmaceutical products.

TRANSPORT: 0.0%
There were some price changes recorded in this division but these changes balanced out.

COMMUNICATION: 0.0%
No price changes were recorded in this division.

RECREATION AND CULTURE: 0.0%
There were some price changes recorded in this division but these changes balanced out.

EDUCATION: 0.0%
No price changes were recorded in this division.

RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS: 0.0%
There were some price changes recorded in this division but these changes balanced out.

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS AND SERVICES: +0.2%

Higher prices were recorded for other appliances, articles & products for personal care.

 

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For further enquiries please contact Ms Leba Simmons on email lebas@statsfiji.gov.fj or telephone 331 5822 (ext. 386 239) or direct line 323 0839.

The Consumer Price Index for April 2018 will be released at the end of April, 2018.

 

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