Inflation rate stabilises
Inflation stabilised in May as consumers paid 1.7 percent more than they did a year ago for goods and services.
The rate of inflation was unchanged from the 1.7 percent recorded in April 2013, the latest report from Government shows. In March it rose 2.1 percent.
The Health & Personal Care sector had the strongest impact on the 12-month increase in the Consumer Price Index with costs jumping 9.1 percent year-over-year.
The Food and Education, Recreation and Reading sectors also contributed to the rise in inflation, with price shifts of 2.7 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively.
Between April and May 2013, the average cost of goods and services in the Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent.
The all-items index increased from 121.5 to 121.7 index points in May.
This means that the basket of goods and services that cost $100 in April 2006 now cost $121.70.
Month-to-month, price movement in the Transport and Vehicle sector increased 1.2 percent in May following a decrease of 1.9 percent in April. The increase was attributed to a 10.2 percent hike in the average cost of foreign travel accommodations. In contrast, the capital cost of cars decreased by 0.8 percent.
The Health and Personal Care sector rose 0.7 percent in May, after a 6.3 percent rise in April. The leading factor was a 10.9 percent increase in the cost of ladies hairstyling.
The Tobacco and Liquor sector continued rising due to the increase in import duty, increasing 2.0 percent in May. The average price of spirits and cigarettes increased by 2.7 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.
During May the Household Goods, Services and Communications sector rose 0.1 percent. Food wraps and trash bags increased by 2.2 percent.
The Rent sector remained unchanged in May following a 0.3 percent fall in April. However, repair and maintenance costs and properties not under rent control fell 2.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.
The Education, Recreation and Reading sector reported no change in May. The average cost of personal computers rose 3.4 percent. In contrast, pet foods fell 1.0 percent
The Clothing sector was static in May with no price movement following a 0.8 percent rise in April.
On average, food prices decreased 0.4 percent in May. The main items contributing to the decline were fresh calf liver (-6.8 percent), fresh pineapples (-6.6 percent) and fresh roast beef (-4.1 percent).
The Fuel and Power sector declined 2.7 percent following no change in April. Consumers paid 2.8 percent less for electricity in May than April.