The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in February 2017 rose by 0.5% percent over January 2017. Both Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Index and Non-Food Index increased by 0.1% and 0.6%, respectively.
The increase in the overall CPI in February 2017 was largely contributed by Clothing and Footwear, 13.2%; Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance, 1.8%; followed by Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages, 0.1%. These were mainly due to higher prices of clothing materials and shoes; furniture and furnishings; as well as meat, fish and seafood.
Indexes that experienced decreases were Transport by 0.1%; Health 1.7%; and Restaurants and Hotels 0.1%. Meanwhile, the Communication Index remained unchanged. On a year-on-year basis, the CPI for February 2017 has declined by 0.2% compared to February 2016. Both Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages index and Non Food index decreased by 0.6% and 0.1%, respectively. The full CPI report for February 2017 is available from JPKE's website: www.depd.gov.bn.
Source: Radio Television Brunei