ISLAMABAD - The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on February 6, for the lowest income group up to Rs.8,000, registered decrease of 0.20 per cent as compared to the previous week.

The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 199.42 points against 199.82 points registered in the previous week, according to data of PBS.

The weekly SPI has been computed with base 2007-2008=100, covering 17 urban centers and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined.

The SPI for the combined group decreased by 0.17 per cent as it went down from 209.14 points in the previous week to 208.78 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 9.54 percent.

 As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs.8001-12,000, Rs.12,001-18,000, Rs.18001-35,000 and above Rs.35,000 decreased by 0.19 percent, 0.19 percent, 0.17 percent and 0.15 percent respectively.

During the week under review average prices of 10 items registered decrease, while that of 12 items increase with the remaining 31 items’ prices unchanged.

The items which registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included tomatoes, chicken live (farm), onions, LPG (11 kg cylender), egg hen (farm), wheat, sugar, vegetable ghee (loose), firewood and kerosene oil.

The items which recorded increase in their average prices included bananas, garlic, moong pulse (washed), mutton, potatoes, gram pulse (washed), mash pulse (washed), masoor pulse (washed), red chillies (loose), gur, milk (powdered) and wheat flour (bag).

The items with no change in their average prices during the week under review included rice basmati (broken), rice (irri-6), bread (plain), beef, milk (fresh), curd, mustard, cooking oil (tin), vegetable ghee (tin), salt (powdered), tea (packet), cooked beef, cooked dal, tea (prepared), cigarettes, long cloth, shirting, lawn, georgette, sandal (gents), chappal, sandal (ladies), electric charges, gas charges, energy savour, washing soap, match box, petrol, diesel, telephone local call and bath soap.