KUALA LUMPUR: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 3.5% to 109.9 in March 2014 against 106.2 recorded in the same month last year, the Statistics Department said. Cumulatively, the CPI was up 3.4% in the first three months of the year to 109.7 compared with 106.1 registered in the same period a year ago.
In a starement, it said the 3.5% rise in the CPI was brought about by the increased indices of all the main groups except those of communication and miscellaneous goods and services, which decreased by 0.5%, respectively.
Notable increases were also noted in the main groups with high weights attached to transport (5.3%); food and non-alcoholic beverages (4%) and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (3.5%), the department said in the statement.
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco also showed increases (14.1%); restaurants and hotels (4.3%); education (2.4%); health (2.2%); recreation services and culture (1.6%) and furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance (1.4%).
The index for clothing and footwear remained unchanged at 98.8. – Bernama