Consumer Price Index

FBoS Release No: 30, 2018

30th April 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.

April 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 March 2018 and April 2018 by expenditure class are as follows:

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FOOD AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: +5.5%
Higher prices were recorded for bread & cereals, meat, fish & sea food, milk, cheese & eggs, oils & fats, vegetables, sugar, jam, honey, chocolate & confectionery and food products n.e.c.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, TOBACCO AND NARCOTICS: +1.4%
Higher prices were recorded for spirits, beer and yaqona.

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

HOUSING, WATER, ELECTRICITY, GAS AND OTHER FUELS: -0.8%
Lower prices were recorded for gas.

FURNISHINGS, HOUSEHOLD EQUIPMENT AND ROUTINE HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE: -0.3%
Lower prices were recorded for furniture & furnishings, major household appliances whether electric or not, small electric household appliance and non-durable household goods.


HEALTH: -0.6%
Lower prices were recorded for pharmaceutical products.

TRANSPORT: +0.3%
Higher prices were recorded for fuels.

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

RECREATION AND CULTURE: 0.0%
No price changes were recorded in this division.

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 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 May 2018 will be released at the end of May, 2018.

 

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