The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 1.6 percent in the month of the Iranian year “Ordibehest” (ending May 21). The inflation rate has advanced 9.1 percent over the last twelve months.

Summary Results of the CPI for Ordibehest (May 21)

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The food and beverages index increased 2.5 percent in Ordibehesht, mainly due to the increases in the indices for fresh fruits by 12.6 percent, livestock meat 6.1 percent, leafy green vegetables 7.3 percent, nuts 3.9 percent, and beverages 3.0 percent.

The index for tobacco rose 2.5 percent in Ordibehesht, due to the increases in the indices for domestic cigarettes by 5.1 percent and imported cigarettes 1.4 percent.

The clothing and footwear index increased 2.0 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for clothing materials by 7.1 percent, ready to wear clothing by 1.5 percent, and footwear 2.6 percent.

During this month, 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 0.6 percent, and maintenance and repair services of the dwelling 1.5 percent.

The furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance index rose 3.9 percent, largely due to the increases in the indices for household appliances by 6.8 percent, glassware, tableware and household utensils 6.1 percent, furniture and furnishings, household textiles 3.9 percent, and tools and equipment for house 4.5 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” and “medical products, appliances and equipment” each by 0.9 percent, and hospital services 0.2 percent.

The transport index went up 2.5 percent in Ordibehesht that was principally attributed to the increases in the indices for personal transport vehicles by 4.0 percent, and operation of personal transport equipment 1.9 percent.

The index for communication increased 2.4 percent, mostly as a result of the increase in the index for telephone equipment by 11.7 percent.

The recreation and culture index turned up 4.7 percent in Ordibehesht, largely due to the increases in the indices for audio-visual, photographic and information processing equipment by 11.2 percent, package holidays 5.7 percent, newspapers, and other recreational items and equipment 2.2 percent were also considerable in this month.

The education index advanced 0.1 percent over this month, mostly as a result of the increase in the index for supplementary courses tuition fees by 0.7 percent.

The index for restaurants and hotels rose 1.5 percent, mainly due to the advances in the indices for food away from home by 1.4 percent, catering services 1.6 percent, and accommodation services 2.5 percent.

The miscellaneous goods and services index increased 3.1 percent in this month. Increases in the indices for personal care by 2.6 percent, goldsmith wage 10.7 percent, personal effects 2.5 percent, insurance 4.9 percent, and social protection 4.2 percent were the major reasons for this rise.