CONSUMER PRICE INDEX - April 2017

FBoS Release No: 21, 2017

28th April 2017


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.

April 2017 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 March and April 2017 by expenditure class are as follows:

FOOD AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: -0.4%

Lower prices were recorded for bread & cereals, fish & sea food, fruits, vegetables and confectioneries.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, TOBACCO AND NARCOTICS: +0.6%

Higher prices were recorded for spirits, cigarettes and yaqona.

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR: 0.0%

There were price changes recorded in this division but these changes balanced out.

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

Higher prices were recorded for gas and liquid fuels.

FURNISHINGS, HOUSEHOLD EQUIPMENT AND ROUTINE HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE: -0.6%

Lower prices were recorded for furniture & furnishings, carpets & other floor coverings, major household appliances, small electric household appliances, glassware, tableware & household utensils and non-durable household goods.

HEALTH: +0.3%

Higher prices were recorded for pharmaceutical products and other medical products.

TRANSPORT: +1.0%

Higher prices were recorded for petrol and diesel.

COMMUNICATION: 0.0%

There were some price changes recorded in this division but these changes balanced out.

RECREATION AND CULTURE: -0.1%

Lower prices were recorded for equipment for reception, recording & reproduction, information processing equipment and recording media.

EDUCATION: 0.0%

No price changes were recorded in this division.

RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS: 0.0%

No price changes were recorded in this division.

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS AND SERVICES: +0.1%

Higher prices were recorded for appliances, articles & products for personal care and jewelry, clocks & watches and other personal effects.

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The Consumer Price Index for May 2017 will be released at the end of May, 2017.