ISLAMABAD  - The weekly inflation for the week ending on October 29 for the combined income group witnessed a nominal increase of 0.26 percent as compared to the previous week.

The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 217.31 points against 216.75 points registered in the previous week, according to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

Meanwhile, as compared to the corresponding week of last year, SPI for the combined group in the week under review increased by 1.12 percent as compared to same period of last year.

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.

On the other hand, SPI for the lowest income group up to Rs 8000 was also increased by 0.28 percent as it went up from 208.85 points in the previous week to 209.44 points in the week under review.

As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs 8001-12,000, Rs 12001-18000, Rs 18001-35000 and above Rs 35000 was increased by 0.50 percent, 0.62 percent, 1.77 percent and 0.94 percent respectively.

During the week under review average prices of 15 items registered decrease, while that of 11 items increased with the remaining 27 items prices unchanged.

The items which registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included bananas, gur, rice-irri-6, rice basmati, LPG cylinder 11(kg), red chilly, sugar, vegetable ghee, cooking oil tin, pulse masoor (washed), vegetable ghee (loose), mustard oil, pulse mash (washed), pulse gram (washed) and pulse moong (washed).

The items which recorded increase in their average prices included tomatoes, onions, eggs hen (farm), potatoes, tea prepared cup, tea (packet), cooked dal, garlic, wheat, wheat flour (bag) and chicken farm (live).

The prices of the items which remained unchanged during the week under review including bread plain, beef, mutton, milk fresh, curd, powder milk, salt powder, cooked beef, cigarettes, long cloth, shirting, lawn printed, georgette, gents chapel, ladies sandal, electricity charges, gas charges, kerosene oil, fire wood, electric bulb, washing soap, match box, petrol, hi-speed diesel, telephone charges and bath soap.