Prices up for food, beverages

AS per the Consumer Price Index (CPI), an increase of 6.3 per cent in the prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages was noted between April and March this year.

The CPI is compiled to indicate average changes in the prices of goods and services purchased by households nationwide with monthly price collections carried out in urban areas such as Suva, Lami, Nasinu, Nausori, Lautoka, Nadi, Ba and Labasa.

Higher prices were recorded for fish and seafood, milk, cheese and eggs, fruits, vegetables, food products not elsewhere classified, non-alcoholic beverages including coffee, soft drinks, fruit juices, vegetable juices and cordial.

Meanwhile, higher prices were also recorded for alcoholic beverages, tobacco and narcotics by 3.6 per cent.

In that category, higher prices were recorded for spirits, wine, tobacco and yaqona. An increase of 2.3 per cent was also recorded in clothing and footwear whereby higher prices were recorded for clothing materials, garments and shoes and other footwear.

Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels recorded an increase of 3.1 per cent while 0.6 per cent increase was recorded for furnishings and household equipment.

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