Consumer Price Index

Release No: 60, 2012

Date: 31 December, 2012


The average annual rate of inflation for the twelve months to December 2012 [i.e. comparing the average CPI for the 12 months to December 2012 with the average for the 12 months to December 2011] stands at 4.3 percent while the month – on-comparable - month inflation rate [compared with December 2011] stands at 1.5 percent.

The All Item Consumer Price Index [CPI] for the month of December, 2012 remains constant at 143.3 compared to November 2012 [143.3].

The Consumer Price Index, which covers price changes in urban areas [Suva, Lami, Nausori, Lautoka, Nadi, Ba and Labasa], has weights derived from the Household, Income and Expenditure Survey of 2002/2003.

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. The other, which is used in most countries, compares the CPI in the current month with the CPI in the comparable month of the previous year [ie.12 months previously].

Details of price changes between November and December 2012 by expenditure groups are as follows:

Food: -0.4%
Lower prices were recorded for wheat products, preserved fruits and fruits, mineral water, dairy products, top dressings, confectionery and market items such as french bean, long bean, english cabbage, chinese cabbage, imported carrot, okra, egg plant, local tomato, cucumber, bele, pumpkin, dalo, arhar and yaqona.

Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco: +4.3%
Higher prices were recorded for some alcoholic spirits, warm beer and cigarettes.

Housing: 0.0%
Some price changes were recorded in this section but these changes balanced out.

Heating and Lighting: 0.0%
No price changes were recorded in this section.

Durable Household Goods: -0.2%
Lower prices were recorded for furniture, electrical and non-electrical appliances, soft furnishing, duty free goods and travelling and sports goods.

Clothing and Footwear: -0.2%
Lower prices were recorded for men’s and children’s wear and men’s, women’s and children’s footwear.

Transport: 0.0%
Some price changes were recorded in this section but these changes balanced out.

Services: 0.0%
No price changes were recorded in this section.

Miscellaneous: -0.4%
Lower prices were recorded for medical and laundry goods.

If you want more detailed information on the Consumer Price Index, for December 2012, please contact the Fiji Bureau of Statistics at: 

P.O.Box 2221
Government Buildings
Suva, FIJI
Tel: (679) 331 5822
Fax: (679) 330 3656


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On email: 

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For further enquiries please contact Mr Avinesh Mani on 3315822 ext 113.

Consumer Price Index for January, 2013 will be released on 31st January, 2013.