ISLAMABAD - The inflation during the first seven months (July-January) of the financial year 2008-09 has soared by 23.85 per cent as compared to the same period of the last fiscal year. The official statistics released here Monday by Federal Bureau of Statistics also indicated that the soaring trend in the prices of food items remained continue sans interruption, as the food and beverage inflation measured by Consumer Price Indicator (CPI) witnessed a growth of 21.61 per cent during January 2009 over the same period of the last financial year. Likewise overall inflation in the month of January 2009 has surged by 20.52 per cent as compared to January 2008. In the wholesale market, the food inflation based on Wholesale Price Index (WPI) alarmingly soared by 15.69 per cent during January as against the same period of the last financial year. The Sensitive Price Index based inflation also remained in double digits, recording at 29.42 per cent during first seven months. Whereby, the WPI based inflation during period under review recorded at 26.15 per cent. The Federal Bureau of Statistics data showed that on year on year basis, the inflation based on CPI by groups remained as follow, apparel, textile and footwear inflation soared by 15.40 per cent in January 2009 over the same period last fiscal year. Similarly, the house rent increased by 18.21 per cent during January 2009 as against the same period of the last financial year. The fuel and lightening prices augmented by 26.90 per cent, household, furniture and equipment 14.62 per cent, recreation and entertainment 12.59 per cent, education became more costlier by 17.06 per cent, cleaning, laundry rates swelled by 19.42 per cent and medicare prices shot up by 14.36 per cent during the period under review. The break-up of food and beverage inflation showed that gur prices ballooned by 12.49 per cent during January 2009 over the previous month, sugar 10.74 per cent, fish 4.74 per cent, vegetable ghee 3.13 per cent, fresh fruits 3.07 per cent, pulse gram 2.92 per cent, mustered oil 2.85 per cent, dry fruits 1.69 per cent, besan 1.43 per cent and betal leaves & nuts 1.07 per cent. In the wholesale market, the inflation by groups remained as: food up by 21.04 per cent in January 2009 over the same month of last fiscal year; raw material 16.40 per cent; fuel, lighting and lubricants 11.66 per cent; manufactures 7.45 per cent; and building materials 20.34 per cent. In the wholesale market, refined sugar prices grew by 11.64 per cent, gur 10.19 per cent, gram split 4.73 per cent in January 2009 over December 2008. Similarly, the oilcakes prices swelled by 4.55 per cent, and cottonseed oil 4.44 per cent and vegetable ghee 3.71 per cent in a month time. The CPI based inflation during January recorded at 20.52 per cent higher than the same month of the last financial year. The WPI based inflation during first seven months swung upward by 26.15 per cent as against the same month of last fiscal year. On month on month basis, the CPI based inflation decreased by 0.42 per cent in January over December 2008. While inflation rates based on SPI were dipped by 1.43 per cent. Wholesale Price Indicators soared by 0.45 per cent on monthly basis.