30 commodities register price increase in September 2011

ISLAMABAD: A FAFEN monitoring report on Thursday said prices of 30 commodities, including meat, sweeteners, onion, tomato and wheat, registered an average increase of 5.6% in September compared to August 2011.

It said 15 commodities registered an average decrease of 6.3% while the prices of five remained unchanged. However, the report said the overall impact of price decrease was higher than the increase in September.

FAFEN Retail Price Monitors collected prices of 52 commodities on 10 September 2011 from 161 retail outlets in 81 districts across the country.

The report said prices of onion and tomato went up by 40% and 24% respectively – most probably because of seasonal effect. The prices of chapatti plain, desi shaker, potato and rice basmati-386 increased by 10%, 4%, 3%, and 2% respectively.

After Ramazan, prices of fruits registered a decrease. In September, the highest decrease was observed in the price of apple (dark red), 34%, followed by banana 14% and apple (golden) 10%.

Prices of chicken meat, chicken live, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and vegetable ghee also came down by 11%, 10%, 3% and 1% respectively. Among poultry products, only eggs per dozen registered a 4% increase. However, the prices of mutton and beef registered 2% and 1% increase respectively.

The prices of salt powder, red chillies powder, turmeric and ginger increased by 11%, 4%, 2% and 1% respectively, while garlic’s price registered a decrease of 2%.

Among pulses the prices of chickpeas and red beans increased by 4% and 3% respectively while moong, white beans and black gram registered a respective decrease of 2%, 2% and 1%.

Prices of sugar, gur and desi shaker went up by 1%, 2% and 4% respectively. Despite an increase in the price of milk by 1%, the price of yoghurt decreased by 1%. Similarly, vegetable ghee, cooking oil and mustard oil each registered a 1% decrease in their respective prices.

The price of irri-6 went up by 2% and 1% while basmati broken registered a 2% decrease.

With the prices of wheat grain and wheat flour going up by 2% and 1% respectively, chapatti plain registered a 10% increase. This might be because of an increase in the price of other inputs of chapatti plain i.e., salt powder and kitchen fuels. Among kitchen fuels, the price of firewood increased by 3% while that of kerosene oil increased by 1% in the observed month compared to the previous one.

Prices of cooked items went up. The price of cooked beef price went up by 13%, followed by cooked dal place 7% and cooked vegetable plate 7%. The price of a prepared teacup registered 2% increase.

Both the over-the-counter available medicines, Panadol and Disprin, registered a 4% and 3% increase in their prices in September compared to August 2011. However, among the observed medical tests, the price of urine test (routine examination) registered an increase of 3%.

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