The Annual Rate of Inflation for March 2012 was 1.8%, the lowest since 1.5% in January 2010, whereas Local and Imported Annual Inflation Rates were 0.4% and 2.8% respectively. The annual inflation for the same month of previous year, March 2011 was 7.5%.
The Food Group marked the major price increase of 2.7% during March 2012. Local fruits & vegetables such as tomatoes, water melon, pineapple, capsicum, pawpaw, peanut and ripe banana caused this major increase in Food Group from an increased of 0.9% in February 2012. Imported meat also marked an increase in items like mutton flaps, sausage and chicken pieces. In contrast, prices of cereals and cereals products decreased by 0.7% during the period.
The second major increase was 1.2% was recorded in Transportation Group, due mainly to increase prices of petrol, both diesel and unleaded.
The rest of the Groups have no significant price changes, such as Household Operation and Miscellaneous Goods both increased by 0.3% due to increase in prices of LP Gas and increase in prices of cosmetics like shampoo and deodorant. Tobacco, Alcohol & Kava, Housing and Clothing & Footwear both all marked no price changes this month.
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