ISLAMABAD - The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on April 5, for the lowest income group up to Rs 8,000, registered decrease of 0.26 per cent as compared to the previous week.

The SPI for the combined group also decreased by 0.19 per cent as it went down from 192.91 points in the previous week to 183.66 points in the week under review. As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined group in the week under review witnessed increase of 4.84 percent.

As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs.8001-12,000, 12,001-18,000, 18001-35,000 and above Rs.35,000 decreased by 0.23 percent, 0.2 percent, 0.18 percent and 0.15 percent respectively.

During the week under review, average prices of 19 items registered decrease, while that of 11 items increase with the remaining 23 items’ prices unchanged.

The items which registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included, egg (farm), sugar, red chilies powder (loose), bananas, gram pulse (washed), wheat flour, LPG (11 kg cylinder), wheat, kerosene oil, mustard oil, petrol, diesel, potatoes, moong pulse (washed), chicken live (farm), vegetable ghee (loose), firewood, gur and pulse mash (washed).

The items which recorded increase in their average prices included onions, long cloth, tomatoes, lawn, cooked dal (plate), garlic, rice IRRI-6, shirting, masoor pulse (washed), georgette and cooking oil (tin).

The items with no change in their average prices during the week under review included rice basmati (broken), bread plain, beef, mutton, milk fresh, curd, milk powder, vegetable ghee (tin), salt powdered (loose), tea, cooked beef (plate), tea prepared, cigarettes, sandal gents, chappal (gents), sandal ladies, electric charges, gas charges, energy savor, washing soap, match box, telephone local call and bath soap.