ISLAMABAD (APP): The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on January 15, for the lowest income group up to Rs 8,000, registered a decrease of 0.39 percent as compared to the previous week.

The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 199.82 points against 202.58 points registered in the previous week, according to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

The weekly SPI has been computed with base 2007-2008=100, covering 17 urban centers and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined. The SPI for the combined group also decreased by 0.34 percent as it went down from 210.53 points in the previous week to 209.14 points in the week under review.

As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined group in the week under review increased by 0.33 percent.

As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs.8001-12,000, Rs.12,001-18,000, Rs.18001-35,000 and above Rs.35,000 decreased by 0.37 percent, 0.36 percent, 0.35 percent and 0.30 percent respectively.

During the week under review average prices of 17 items registered decrease, while that of 08 items increase with the remaining 28 items’ prices unchanged.

The items which registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included tomatoes, LPG cylinder (11 kg), onions, eggs (farm), chicken (farm), vegetable ghee (tin), rice IRRI-6, potatoes, sugar, rice basmati (broken), cooking oil (tin), wheat flour, vegetable ghee (loose), red chilly powder (loose), gur and wheat.

The items which recorded increase in their average prices included garlic, tea, bananas, pulse moong (washed), pulse gram (washed), pulse mash (washed), curd and beef with bone (average quality).

The items with no change in their average prices during the week under review included bread, mutton, milk fresh, powdered milk, mustard oil, salt powder, cooked beef, cooked daal, tea prepared, cigarettes, long cloth, shirting, lawn printed, georgette, gents sandal, gents chappal, ladies sandal, electricity charges, gas charges, kerosene oil, firewood whole, electric bulb, washing soap, match box, petrol, Hi speed Diesel, telephone call charges and soap. soap.