Headline inflation contracts to 8.5 percent in April

Headline inflation contracts to 8.5 percent in April

ISLAMABAD: The headline inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) contracted to single digit i.e. 8.5 percent in April 2020 as compared with an increase of 10.2 percent in the previous month, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) said on Friday.

The PBS said that CPI inflation general increased by 8.5 percent on year-on-year basis in April 2020 as compared to an increase of 10.2 percent in the previous month and 8.3 percent in April 2019.

On month-on-month basis, it decreased by 0.8 percent in April 2020 as compared to an increase of 0.04 percent in the previous month and an increase of 0.7 percent in April 2019.

CPI inflation Urban increased by 7.7 percent on year-on-year basis in April 2020 as compared to an increase of 9.3 percent in the previous month and 8.4 percent in April 2019. On month-on-month basis, it decreased by 0.7 percent in April 2020 as compared to an increase of 0.1 percent in the previous month and an increase of 0.8 percent in April 2019.

CPI inflation Rural, increased by 9.8 percent on year-on-year basis in April 2020 as compared to an increase of 11.7 percent in the previous month and 8.1 percent in April 2019. On month-on-month basis, it decreased by 1.1 percent in April 2020 as compared to a decrease of 0.1 percent in the previous month and an increase of 0.6 percent in April 2019.

Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) inflation on YoY increased by 9.0 percent in April 2020 as compared to an increase of 11.8 percent a month earlier and an increase of 10.0 percent in April 2019.

On MoM basis, it decreased by 2.0 percent in April 2020 as compared to a decrease of 0.3 percent a month earlier and an increase of 0.5 percent in April 2019.

Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation on YoY basis increased by 5.1 percent in April 2020 as compared to an increase of 9.2 percent a month earlier and an increase of 17.1 percent in April 2019.

WPI inflation on MoM basis decreased by 2.1 percent in April 2020 as compared to a decrease of 0.9 percent a month earlier and an increase of 1.8 percent in corresponding month of last year i.e. April 2019.

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