ISLAMABAD  - The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on August 16, for the lowest income group up to Rs 8,000, registered increase of 0.68 per cent as compared to the previous week.

The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 180.03 points against 178.81 points registered in the previous week, according to provisional figures of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (FBS).

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 increased by 0.62 per cent as it went up from 185.17 points in the previous week to 186.32 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 7.30 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 increased by 0.66, 0.67, 0.65 and 0.57 respectively.

During the week under review, average prices of 06 items registered decrease, while that of 12 items increase with the remaining 35 items' prices unchanged.

The items which recorded decrease in their average prices included bananas, red chillies (powder), mash pulse (washed), gram pulse (washed), vegetable ghee (loose) and masoor pulse (washed).

The items which registered increase in their prices included tomatoes, onions, potatoes, egg hen (farm), LPG(11 kg cylender), garlic, beef, milk (fresh), curd, chicken live (farm), wheat and sugar.