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Price situation in Colombo

The Consumers’ Price Index of the Colombo City (CCPI) for all items of this year’s month of December was posted at 5954.9 index points.

A decrease of 21.3 index point change or 0.4 percentage was noted from November 2007 posted at 5976.2 index points.

This is a decrease of Rs. 43.01 in the expenditure value of “Market Basket” when compared to November 2007, the Census and Statistics Department said.

Price in Food exhibited negative index point change of 57.90. Index for fuel and light, clothing and miscellaneous recorded the positive index point changes of 43.86, 15.95 and 80.65 respectively.

The increase in the CCPI for December, 2007 is mainly due to decrease in prices of coffee seed, sugar, dried chillies, pepper, limes, coconut oil, some varieties of fresh fish, dried fish, sprats, coconuts and most varieties of vegetables.

These price decreases can be mainly attributed to more supply of consumer goods, specially the vegetables to the main markets in Colombo city due to seasonality.

However, prices of rice, bread and curry, Lactogen, Lakspray, milk tea, cumin seed, red onions, biscuits - cream crackers, mutton, some varieties of fresh fish, potatoes, household goods and stationeries have increased during this month.

The year-on-year (point to point) inflation rate of the Colombo city for December, 2007 was recorded 16.4% lower by 3.2% compared to previous month.

Annual inflation rate for the month of December (12 months moving average) was registered 17.5, higher by 3.8 percentage points compared to its same period last year’s December level of 13.7 per cent, the Department said.

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