Posted on December 08, 2015

The Ministry of Development Planning & Statistics (MDPS) has released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of November 2015. The CPI of November, 2015 is estimated at 106.5, showing a slight increase [M-o-M basis] by 0.3% when compared to CPI of October 2015. Compared to CPI of November 2014, an increase [Y-o-Y basis] of 1.9% has been registered in the general index (CPI) of this month.

 An analysis [on M-o-M basis] of CPI for November, 2015 compared with October, 2015 CPI, shows that there are three main groups, where respective indices in this month have slightly risen, namely: “Recreation and Culture” by 1.6 %, “Housing, Water, Electricity and Gas” by 0.8%, “Furniture and Household Equipment” by 0.2%. A decline in prices is also noticed in “Miscellaneous Goods and Services” by 0.9% ( primarily due to decrease in gold prices), “Food and Beverages” by 0.4%, “Transport” group by 0.3%, “Clothing and Footwear” by 0.1%. The other five groups: “Tobacco”, “Health” “Communication”, “Education”, “Restaurants and Hotels” have remained flat at the last month’s price level. Graph (4) and (5) show the movement of monthly CPIs of “Food and Beverages” and “Housing, Water, Electricity and Gas”.

A comparison of the CPI, November, 2015 with the CPI, November, 2014, points a rise in the general index (CPI), by 1.9%. This [Y-o-Y] price surge is primarily due to the increasing prices seen in the seven groups, namely: “Education” by 18.0%, “Tobacco” by 6.3%, “Transport“ by 3.2%, “Housing, Water, Electricity and Gas” by 2.6%, “Food and Beverages” by 1.6%, “Furniture and Household Equipment” by 0.4%, “Clothing and Footwear” by 0.1. Also, there has been a decrease in price levels in other groups, namely: Recreation and Culture” by 2.2%, “Restaurants and Hotels” by 1.0%, “Communication” by 0.6%, “Health” by 0.3%, and “Miscellaneous Goods and Services” by 0.1%, Graph (1) shows the monthly and annual comparison for CPI of November 2015.

The CPI of November, 2015 excluding “Housing, Water, Electricity and Gas” group stands at 104.5, showing  a slight increase by 0.1%, when compared to the index of October 2015; and an increase of 1.8% in comparison to the CPI of November, 2014. Table (2) presents CPI excluding “Housing, Water, Electricity and Gas” and Graph (3) shows the monthly percentage change of CPI with and without Housing component.

More detailed data on CPI is available on the Ministry’s website: www.mdps.gov.qa, and in Qatar information exchange portal, QALM: www.qalm.gov.qa.

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