The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.9 percent in the month of the Iranian year “Bahman” (ending February 19). The inflation rate has advanced 9.9 percent over the last twelve months.

Summary Results of the CPI for Bahman (February 19); (1395=100)

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The food and beverages index increased 1.3 percent in Bahman, mainly due to the increases in the indices for root vegetables by 8.7 percent, fresh fruits 5.2 percent, poultry 4.6 percent, fish and seafood 3.2 percent, rice 2.0 percent, dairy products and eggs 1.4 percent.

The index for tobacco rose 0.6 percent in Bahman, due to the increases in the indices for domestic cigarettes by 0.6 percent and imported cigarettes 0.5 percent.

The clothing and footwear index turned down 0.1 percent, mostly as a result of the decreases in the indices for ready to wear clothing by 0.3 percent and footwear 0.5 percent.

The housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels index went up 0.6 percent which was attributed to the advances of the indices for “rental equivalence of owner occupied houses” and “rent of residential houses” each by 0.7 percent, and maintenance and repair services of the dwelling 0.5 percent.

The furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance index rose 1.1 percent, largely due to the increases in the indices for household appliances by 1.5 percent, glassware, tableware and household utensils 2.1 percent, goods and services for routine household maintenance 1.1 percent, household textiles 1.5 percent.

The index for health increased 0.6 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for medical products, appliances and equipment by 1.3 percent, and “medical, paramedical and dental services” and “hospital services” each 0.3 percent.

The transport index went up 0.9 percent in Bahman that was principally attributed to the increases in the indices for personal transport vehicles by 2.1 percent, operation of personal transport equipment 0.6 percent.

The index for communication increased 0.9 percent, mostly as a result of the increase in the index for telephone and telefax equipment by 4.8 percent.

The recreation and culture index rose 2.0 percent in Bahman, largely due to the increases in the indices for package holidays by 5.9 percent, audio-visual, photographic and information processing equipment 2.5 percent, and other recreational items and equipment 1.2 percent.

The education index was unchanged in this month.

The index for restaurants and hotels rose 0.5 percent, mainly due to the advances in the indices for food away from home by 0.6 percent and catering services 0.4 percent.

The miscellaneous goods and services index increased 1.5 percent in this month. Increases in the indices for personal care by 1.3 percent, goldsmith wage 5.8 percent, and personal effects 1.5 percent were the major reasons for this rise.