The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 1.1 percent in the month of the Iranian year “Esfand” (ending March 20). The inflation rate has advanced 9.6 percent over the last twelve months.

Summary Results of the CPI for Esfand (March 20); (1395=100)

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The food and beverages index increased 1.5 percent in Esfand, mainly due to the increases in the indices for eggs by 13.4 percent, imported rice 9.4 percent, fresh fruits (except apple and orange) 4.9 percent, meat 2.0 percent, fish and seafood 3.9, potato 2.7 percent, nuts 2.5 percent.

The index for tobacco rose 15.9 percent in Esfand, due to the increases in the indices for imported cigarettes by 15.6 percent and domestic cigarettes 16.9 percent.

The clothing and footwear index turned up 0.9 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for ready to wear clothing by 1.2 percent, clothing materials 1.9 percent, and tailoring, cleaning and laundering wage 0.8 percent.

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

The furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance index rose 1.5 percent, largely due to the increases in the indices for goods and services for routine household maintenance by 2.1 percent, household appliances 1.5 percent, glassware, tableware and household utensils 2.0 percent, furniture and furnishings, and tools and equipment for house 1.5 percent.

The index for health increased 0.5 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 0.5 percent, and hospital services 0.3 percent.

The transport index went up 1.0 percent in Esfand that was principally attributed to the increases in the indices for personal transport vehicles by 1.6 percent, operation of personal transport equipment 0.7 percent, and passenger transport by air (abroad) 6.0 percent.

The index for communication increased 0.1 percent in Esfand.

The recreation and culture index rose 6.7 percent in Esfand, largely due to the increases in the indices for package holidays by 28.4 percent, other recreational items and equipment 2.7 percent, “radio, television set, and equipment for recording and reproducing of sound and pictures” and “stationery” each 1.4 percent.

The education index went up 0.1 percent in this month.

The index for restaurants and hotels rose 1.1 percent, mainly due to the advances in the indices for accommodation services by 6.7 percent, catering services 1.2 percent, and food away from home 0.8 percent.

The miscellaneous goods and services index increased 1.5 percent in this month. Increases in the indices for “personal care” and “goldsmith wage” each by 1.8 percent, and personal effects 0.9 percent were the major reasons for this rise.