CONSUMER PRICE INDEX - January 2016

FBoS Release No: 03, 2016
29th January 2016


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.

January 2016 Highlights

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The average annual rate of inflation for the twelve months to January 2016 [i.e. comparing the average CPI for the 12 months to January 2016 with the average for the 12 months to January 2015] stands at 1.4 per cent while the month – on-comparable - month inflation rate [compared with January 2015] stands at 0.2 per cent. 

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The All Items CPI for the month of January 2016 registered a decrease of 0.5 per cent over December 2015 [109.4] and stands at 108.9.

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 January 2016 and December 2015 by expenditure class are as follows:

FOOD AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: +1.2%

Higher prices were recorded for bread & cereals, fish & seafood, milk, cheese & eggs, oils & fats, vegetables, non-alcoholic beverages including coffee, tea and cocoa.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, TOBACCO AND NARCOTICS: -1.3%

Lower prices were recorded for spirits, beer and yaqona.

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR: -0.4%

Lower prices were recorded for cloth materials, other articles of clothing & clothing accessories and shoes & other footwear.

HOUSING, WATER, ELECTRICITY, GAS AND OTHER FUELS: -2.0%

Lower prices were recorded for city rates, water charges, other services related to dwelling nec., electricity charges, gas and solid fuels.

FURNISHINGS, HOUSEHOLD EQUIPMENT AND ROUTINE HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE: -1.0%

Lower prices were recorded for furniture & furnishings, carpets & other floor coverings, household textiles, major household appliances electric or not, small electric household appliance, glassware, tableware & household utensils, major tools & equipment, small tools & miscellaneous accessories and non-durable household goods.

HEALTH: +4.5%

Higher prices were recorded for pharmaceutical products, medical services, dental services and paramedical services.

TRANSPORT: -2.4%

Lower prices were recorded for motor cars, bicycles, spare parts & accessories for personal transport equipment, fuels & lubricants, maintenance & repair of transport equipment and passenger transport by road.

COMMUNICATION: -1.6%
Lower prices were recorded for telephone & telefax equipment.

RECREATION AND CULTURE: -2.5%

Lower prices were recorded for equipment for the reception, record & reproduction of sound & pictures, information processing equipment, games, toys & hobbies, equipment for sport, camping & open air recreation, pets & related products, cultural services, books and stationery & drawing materials.

EDUCATION: 0.0%

No price changes were recorded in this division.

RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS: +2.9%

Higher prices were recorded for restaurants, cafes & the like and accommodation services.

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS AND SERVICES: -0.4%

Lower prices were recorded for other appliance, articles & products for personal care, jewellery, clocks & watches and other services or unspecified.

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The Consumer Price Index for February 2016 will be released on 29th February, 2016.