The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.4 percent in the month of the Iranian year “Dey” (ending January 20). The inflation rate has advanced 10.0 percent over the last twelve months.

Summary Results of the CPI for Dey (January 20); (1395=100)

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The food and beverages index increased 0.4 percent in Dey, mainly due to the increases in the indices for egg by 7.5 percent, fresh fruits 4.4 percent, leafy green vegetables 2.3 percent, rice 2.2 percent, nuts 1.6 percent, and milk products 1.2 percent.

The index for tobacco rose 0.2 percent in Dey, largely due to the increases in the indices for imported cigarettes by 0.2 percent and domestic cigarettes 0.3 percent.

The clothing and footwear index increased 0.2 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for footwear by 0.6 percent, clothing materials 1.5 percent, and tailoring, cleaning and laundering wage 1.0 percent.

The housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels index went up 0.3 percent which was attributed to the advances of the indices for rental equivalence of owner occupied houses by 0.4 percent, rent of residential houses 0.3 percent, and maintenance and repair services of the dwelling 0.5 percent.

The furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance index rose 0.8 percent, largely due to the increases in the indices for “household appliances” and “goods and services for routine household maintenance” each by 1.1 percent, glassware, tableware and household utensils 1.2 percent, and household textiles 0.9 percent.

The index for health increased 0.6 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for medical, paramedical and dental services by 0.7 percent, medical products, appliances and equipment 0.6 percent, and hospital services 0.5 percent.

The transport index went up 0.4 percent in Dey that was principally attributed to the increases in the indices for passenger transport by road 0.7 percent, and operation of personal transport equipment by 0.5 percent.

The index for communication increased 0.8 percent, mostly as a result of the increase in the index for telephone and telefax equipment by 4.1 percent.

The recreation and culture index rose 1.2 percent in Dey, largely due to the increases in the indices for package holidays by 3.7 percent, audio-visual, stationery 0.8 percent, other recreational items and equipment 0.7 percent, photographic and information processing equipment 0.6 percent, and recreational and cultural services 0.5 percent.

The education index advanced 0.5 percent over this month.

The index for restaurants and hotels rose 0.8 percent, mainly due to the advances in the indices for food away from home by 0.8 percent and catering services 0.6 percent. The miscellaneous goods and services index increased 1.2 percent in this month. Increases in the indices for personal care by 1.0 percent, goldsmith wage 4.7 percent, fees for legal services 1.5 percent, and personal effects 0.8 percent were the major reasons for this rise.