ISLAMABAD: The inflation based on Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) has increased by 10.63 percent by the week ended February 28, 2019, as compared with the corresponding week a year ago, according to details released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) on Friday.
The weekly SPI with base 2007-08=100 covering 17 urban centers and 53 essential items for all income groups/quintiles and combined has been computed.
According to the PBS, inflation increased by 7.40 percent over the year for the lower-income group up to Rs8,000.
The detail of inflation for other income is: 7.63 percent for income group Rs8001-120000; Rs7.62 percent for income group Rs12001-18000; 11.57 percent for income group Rs18001-35000; and 14.93 percent for income group above Rs35000.
The basic items which witnessed significant growth in prices over the year are included: telephone calls; high-speed diesel; washing soap; gas charges; fabric-cloth; cigarettes; red chilli; cooking oil etc.