The latest report of CBI on Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows 1.1 percent increase in the month of the Iranian year “Bahman” (ending February 18). The inflation rate has advanced 8.7 percent over the last twelve months.

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The food and beverages index increased 2.8 percent in Bahman, mainly due to the increases in the indices for fresh fruits by 14.0 percent, ground vegetable 8.1 percent, potato 4.2 percent, meat 2.1 percent.

The index for tobacco decreased 0.1 percent in Bahman, reflecting 0.3 percent decrease in the index for imported cigarettes.

The clothing and footwear index turned down 0.1 percent, mostly as a result of the decrease in the index for footwear by 1.4 percent.

During this month, the housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels index¬† went up 0.4 percent which was attributed to the advances of the indices for “rental equivalence of owner occupied houses” and “rent of residential houses” and “maintenance and repair services of the dwelling” ¬†each by 0.4 percent.

The furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance index rose 0.8 percent, largely due to the increases in the indices for glassware, tableware and household utensils by 1.5 percent, “household appliances” and “household textiles” each 0.9 percent, carpets and other floor coverings 0.8 percent.

The index for health increased 0.4 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for medical, paramedical and dental services by 0.4 percent, medical products, appliances and equipment 0.5 percent, and hospital services 0.3 percent.

The transport index went up 0.5 percent largely due to the increases in the indices for personal transport vehicles by 0.8 percent, operation of personal transport equipment 0.5 percent, passenger transport by road 0.2 percent.

The index for communication was unchanged in Bahman.

The recreation and culture index increased 0.8 percent, largely due to the increases in the indices for package holidays by 2.0 percent, other recreational items and equipment 1.7 percent, recreational and cultural services 0.8 percent.

The education index was unchanged in Bahman.

The index for restaurants and hotels rose 0.8 percent, mainly due to the advances in the indices for catering services by 1.0 percent, food away from home 0.7 percent.

The miscellaneous goods and services index increased 0.7 percent in this month. Increases in the indices for personal care by 0.8 percent, goldsmith wage 0.7 percent, and personal effects 0.5 percent were the major reasons for this rise.