Posted on January 15, 2014

Ministry of Development Planning & Statistics (MDPS) have released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December 2013. The CPI of December, 2013, remains unchanged at the previous month’s level (CPI of November 2013) of 115.5. However, it shows an increase of 2.7% when compared to the CPI of December, 2012.    

Month-on-Month comparison of CPI of December, 2013 with that of the previous month (CPI of November, 2013) by major groups: Price increases of 0.2% each have been noticed in the groups: “Food, beverages& tobacco”  “Garments & Footwear”, and “Rentals, Fuel and Energy”. On the other hand “Miscellaneous Goods & Services” group shows a price decline of 0.8%, the “Transport & Communications” prices fell by 0.2%.

The year-on-year comparison, of CPI of December 2013 with that of December 2012, shows an increase of 2.7% at the overall level. Price increases have been registered in most of the groups: “Entertainment, Recreation & Culture” by 5.2%, “Rentals, Fuel & Energy” by4.8%, “Furniture, Textiles & Home Appliances” by 4.0% and “Food, Beverages & tobacco” by3.1%. However prices of “Miscellaneous goods & services” show a decline of 5.4%.

A CPI exclusive of “Rentals, Fuel and Energy” group has also been calculated. After eliminating the effect of Rentals, the overall index have reached 126.6, showing a fall of 0.1% compared to the CPI of November 2013, and a rise of 1.9% when compared to the CPI of December 2012.More details on consumer price indices are available on Website: www.mdps.gov.qa and QALAM:  www.qix.gov.qa.

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