Headline inflation increases by 8.8 percent in April 2019

ISLAMABAD: The headline inflation has surged by 8.8 percent on year on year (YoY) in April 2019 as compared to an increase of 9.4 percent in previous month and 3.7 percent in April 2018, said Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) on Thursday

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The Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation on month-on-month basis, it increased by 1.3 percent in April 2019 as compared to an increase of 1.4 percent in the previous month and an increase of 1.8 percent in corresponding month i.e. April 2018.

Core inflation measured by non-food non-energy CPI (Core NFNE) increased by 7.0 percent on (YoY) basis in April 2019 as compared to an increase of 8.5 percent in the previous month and 7.0 percent in April 2018. On (MoM) basis, it increased by 1.0 percent in April 2019 as compared to an increase of 0.5 percent in previous month, and an increase of 2.5 percent in corresponding month of last year i.e. April 2018.

Core inflation, measured by 20 percent weighted trimmed mean CPI (Core Trimmed) increased by 7.2 percent on (YoY) basis in April 2019 as compared to 7.9 percent in the previous month and by 5.0 percent in April 2018. On (MoM) basis, it increased by 0.9 percent in April 2019 as compared to an increase of 0.4 percent in the previous month and an increase of 1.6 percent in corresponding month of last year i.e. April 2018.

The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) inflation on YoY basis increased by 9.3 percent in April 2019 as compared to an increase of 8.8 percent a month earlier and a decrease of 0.5 percent in April 2018.

On MoM basis, it increased by 0.9 percent as compared to an increase of 1.6 percent in the previous month and an increase of 0.4 percent in corresponding month of last year i.e. April 2018.

Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation on YoY basis increased by 13.8 percent in April 2019 as compared to an increase of 12.6 percent a month earlier and an increase of 4.0 percent in April 2018.

WPI inflation on MoM basis increased by 2.3 percent in April 2019 as compared to an increase of 1.7 percent a month earlier and an increase of 1.3 percent in corresponding month of last year i.e. April 2018.

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