ISLAMABAD: The inflation rate in Pakistan rose to 4.21 percent in October from 3.88 percent in September of 2016. Inflation rate in Pakistan averaged 7.87 percent from 1957 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 37.81 percent in December of 1973 and a record low of -10.32 percent in February of 1959 as reported by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.

On a month-on-month basis, prices increased by 0.81 percent in October compared with September, the bureau said.

Most important categories in the consumer price index are food and non-alcoholic beverages (35 percent of total weight); housing, water, electricity, gas and fuels (29 percent); clothing and footwear (8 percent) and transport (7 percent).

The index also includes furnishings and household equipment (4 percent), education (4 percent), communication (3 percent) and health (2 percent). The remaining 8 percent is composed by: recreation and culture, restaurants and hotels, alcoholic beverages and tobacco and other goods and services.