ISLAMABAD: The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI), for the week ended August 16 has registered an increase of 0.68% over the previous week for the lowest income group. The SPI for the week under review for the above mentioned group was recorded at 180.03 points against 178.71 points registered in the previous week, according provisional figures from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. The SPI for combined groups was up by 0.62%; up from 185.17 points in the previous week to 186.32 points this week. Compared to the corresponding week last year, the SPI for combined groups is inflated 7.30%. During the week under review, average prices of indexed items changed as follows: six items registered a decrease, 12 items increased and the remaining 35 items’ prices remained unchanged.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2012.