The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 1.9 percent in the month of the Iranian year “Azar” (ending December 21). The inflation rate has advanced 10.0 percent over the last twelve months.

Summary Results of the CPI for Azar (December 21); (1395=100)

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The food and beverages index increased 3.4 percent in Azar, mainly due to the increases in the indices for fresh fruits by 13.0 percent, poultry 6.0 percent, dairy products and eggs 3.1 percent, rice 2.2 percent, nuts1.7 percent, and fish 1.3 percent.

The index for tobacco rose 0.1 percent in Azar, largely due to the increase in the index for imported cigarettes by 0.2 percent.

The clothing and footwear index increased 0.6 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for “ready to wear clothing”, “footwear”, and “clothing materials” each by 0.6 percent, and tailoring, cleaning and laundering wage 1.2 percent.

The housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels index went up 1.6 percent which was attributed to the advances of the indices for “rental equivalence of owner occupied houses” by 1.6 percent, “rent of residential houses” 1.7 percent, and maintenance and repair services of the dwelling 0.6 percent.

The furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance index rose 0.9 percent, largely due to the increases in the indices for “goods and services for routine household maintenance” by 1.7 percent, household appliances 1.0 percent, carpets and other floor coverings 1.8 percent.

The index for health increased 0.8 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for medical products, appliances and equipment by 1.7 percent, medical, paramedical and dental services 0.7 percent, and hospital services by 0.4 percent.

The transport index went up 1.5 percent in Azar that was principally attributed to the increases in the indices for personal transport vehicles by 3.6 percent, operation of personal transport equipment 0.4 percent, and transport services 0.5 percent.

The communication index was unchanged in Azar.

The recreation and culture index rose 1.0 percent in Azar, largely due to the increases in the indices for other recreational items and equipment by 1.9 percent, recreational and cultural services 1.4 percent, audio-visual, photographic and information processing equipment 0.9 percent.

The education index advanced 5.5 percent over this month.

The index for restaurants and hotels rose 0.6 percent, mainly due to the advances in the indices for food away from home by 0.6 percent and catering services 0.7 percent.

The miscellaneous goods and services index increased 2.1 percent in this month. Increases in the indices for fees for legal services by 18.3 percent, goldsmith wage 3.4 percent, and personal care1.0 percent were the major reasons for this rise.