CPI – Consumer Price Index for August and September, 2008, Malaysia

The Malaysian Statistical Department gave us a great chart on our CPI. MHL is here to present you with it.

Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Malaysia

Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Malaysia January 2006-August 2008

Consumer Price Index (CPI) for January to August 2008 increased by 4.8 per cent to 110.4 compared with that of 105.3 in the same period last year. Compared with that of the same month in 2007, the CPI for August 2008 registered an increase of 8.5 per cent from 105.9 to 114.9 and when compared with the previous month, the CPI increased by 0.2 per cent.

The index for Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages for the month of August 2008 compared to the same month in 2007 showed high percentage change of 11.7 per cent, meanwhile the index for Non-Food increased by 7.0 per cent. For the period of January to August 2008, the index for Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages and Non-Food registered an increase of 7.5 per cent and 3.6 per cent respectively. Compared to the previous month, the index for Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages rose by 0.8 per cent while index for Non-Food decreased to 0.1 per cent.

The 4.8 per cent increase in the CPI was brought about by increases observed in the indices of all the main groups except those of Clothing & Footwear and Communication which decreased by 0.5 and 0.6 per cent respectively. Notable increases among main groups with high weights were Transport ( + 8.6 per cent ); Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages ( + 7.5 per cent ) and Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels ( + 1.4 per cent ). Other increases were Restaurants & Hotels ( + 6.9 per cent ); Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco ( + 6.7 per cent ); Miscellaneous Goods & Services ( + 3.4 per cent ); Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance ( + 2.3 per cent ); Education ( + 2.2 per cent ); Recreation Services & Culture and Health ( + 2.0 per cent respectively ).

–Source: Statistics Department of Malaysia

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