ISLAMABAD  - The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on March 15 for the lowest income group up to Rs.8, 000, registered increase of 0.12 per cent as compared to the previous week.

The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 186.59 points against 186.36 points registered in the previous week, according to provisional figures of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.

As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined group in the week under review witnessed increase of .12 percent.

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.

As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs.8001-12,000, 12,001-18,000 and 18001-35,000 increased by 0.12 percent, 0.13 percent and 0.12 respectively while the SPI for the income group above Rs.35,000 increased by 0.12 percent. During the week under review, average prices of 11 items registered decrease, while that of 15 items increase with the remaining 27 items' prices unchanged.

The items which registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included tea, onion, egg, rice IRRI, Bananas, tomatoes, Mutton, Curd, mashed Pulsed washed, Moong pulsed washed, milk fresh, sugar and masoor Pulse washed. The items that witnessed decreased are LPG, potatoes, chicken live, Gram pulse, Red chilies, veg Ghee, Garlic, Gur, wheat, Mustard oil and wheat flour bag. 27 items that remained unchanged are bread plain, beef, milk powered, cooking oil, salt powered loose, cigarettes, long cloth, kerosene oil, firewood, energy savor, washing soap, petrol and petrol.