Consumer Price Index

FBoS Release No: 59, 2017
30th September 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.

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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 August and September 2017 by expenditure class are as follows:

FOOD AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: -0.6%

Lower prices were recorded for bread & cereals, meat, fish & sea food, milk, cheese & eggs, oils & fats, confectioneries and non-alcoholic beverages such as fruit juice and mineral water.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, TOBACCO AND NARCOTICS: +1.8%

Higher prices were recorded for wine, tobacco and yaqona.

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR: +0.5%

Higher prices were recorded for garments and 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: 0.0%

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

HEALTH: 0.0%

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

TRANSPORT: 0.0%

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

COMMUNICATION: 0.0%

No price changes were recorded in this division.

RECREATION AND CULTURE: -0.1%

Lower prices were recorded for equipment for reception, recording & reproduction, equipment for sport, camping & open air recreation and stationery.

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: -0.2%

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

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For further enquiries please contact Mr Sitiveni Sikivou on email or telephone 331 5822 (ext. 386 239) or direct line 323 0839.

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

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