Headline inflation contracts at 8.9 percent in October

Headline inflation contracts at 8.9 percent in October

ISLAMABAD: The headline inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) has contracted by 8.9 percent on year-on-year basis in October 2020 as compared to an increase of 9.0 percent in the previous month and 11.0 percent in October 2019.

On month-on-month basis, it increased by 1.7 percent in October 2020 as compared to an increase of 1.5 percent in the previous month and an increase of 1.8 percent in October 2019, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) said on Monday.

CPI inflation Urban, increased by 7.3 percent on year-on-year basis in October 2020 as compared to an increase of 7.7 percent in the previous month and 10.9 percent in October 2019. On month-on-month basis, it increased by 1.3 percent in October 2020 as compared to an increase of 1.3 percent in the previous month and an increase of 1.6 percent in October 2019.

CPI inflation Rural, increased by 11.3  percent on year-on-year basis in October 2020 as compared to an increase of 11.1 percent in the previous month and 11.3 percent in October 2019. On month-on-month basis, it increased by 2.4  percent in October 2020 as compared to an increase of 2.0 percent in the previous month and an increase of 2.2 percent in October 2019.

Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) inflation on YoY increased by 12.3 percent in October 2020 as compared to an increase of 12.0 percent a month earlier and an increase of 15.1 percent in October 2019. On MoM basis, it increased by 3.0 percent in October 2020 as compared to an increase of 2.1 percent a month earlier and an increase of 2.7 percent in October 2019.

Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation on YoY basis increased by 5.1 percent in October 2020 as compared to an increase of 4.3 percent a month earlier and an increase of 13.3 percent in October 2019. WPI inflation on MoM basis increased by 2.9 percent in October 2020 as compared to a decrease of 1.0 percent a month earlier and an increase of 2.0 percent in corresponding month (October 2019) of last year.

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