The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.3 percent in the month of the Iranian year “Shahrivar” (ending September 22). The inflation rate has advanced 9.9 percent over the last twelve months.

Note: The indices of prices has been calculated based on the new base year 1395 (2016-17) as of July 23.

Summary Results of the CPI for Shahrivar (September 22); (1395=100)

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The food and beverages index decreased 1.3 percent in Shahrivar, mainly due to the decreases in the indices for fresh fruits by 8.1 percent, fresh vegetables 12.0 percent, egg 4.3, and poultry 2.8 percent.

The index for tobacco decreased 0.1 percent in Shahrivar, largely due to the decrease in the index for imported cigarettes by 0.2 percent.

The clothing and footwear index increased 0.3 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for footwear by 0.9 percent, ready to wear clothing 0.1 percent, “clothing materials” and “tailoring, cleaning and laundering wage” each by 0.6 percent.

The housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels index went up 0.8 percent which was attributed to the advances of the indices for “rental equivalence of owner occupied houses” and “rent of residential houses” each by 0.8 percent, and maintenance and repair services of the dwelling 0.7 percent.

The furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance index rose 0.8 percent, largely due to the increases in the indices for furniture and furnishings, carpets and other floor coverings by 1.7 percent, “goods and services for routine household maintenance” and “glassware, tableware and household utensils” each 0.6 percent.

The index for health increased 1.2 percent, mostly as a result of the increases in the indices for hospital services by 2.1 percent, medical, paramedical and dental services 1.1 percent, and medical products, appliances and equipment 0.4 percent.

The transport index went up 0.6 percent in Shahrivar that was principally attributed to the increases in the indices for passenger transport by road by 1.2 percent and operation of personal transport equipment 0.1 percent.

The index for communication turned down 0.8 percent, mostly as a result of the increase in the index for telephone and telefax equipment by 3.8 percent.

The recreation and culture index rose 2.7 percent in Shahrivar, largely due to the increases in the indices for package holidays by 9.1 percent, other recreational items and equipment 1.9 percent, stationery 1.8 percent and audio-visual, recreational and cultural services 1.4 percent.

The education index advanced 0.3 percent over this month, mostly as a result of the increase in the index for private schools and supplementary courses tuition fees by 0.7 percent.

The index for restaurants and hotels rose 1.0 percent, mainly due to the advances in the indices for food away from home by 1.1 percent and catering services by 0.5 percent.

The miscellaneous goods and services index increased 1.0 percent in this month. Increases in the indices for goldsmith wage by 3.4 percent, personal effects 2.8 percent, and personal care 0.7 percent were the major reasons for this rise.