PETALING JAYA: The consumer price index (CPI) rose to 3.6% in 2006 from 3% in the previous year, according to the Statistics Department.
In a report on its website on Wednesday, the department said the CPI increased to 103.6 points compared with only 100 points in the corresponding period last year.
The rise was mainly due to increases in the three main groups that have the highest usage – transport (11%), food and non-alcoholic beverages (3.4%), and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (1.5%).
Other main groups that saw an increase in prices included alcoholic beverages and tobacco (6.9%), restaurants and hotels (3.7%), miscellaneous goods and services (2.2%), health (2.1%), education (1.6%), furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance (1.1%) and recreation services and culture (0.7%).
The increase in the food and non-alcoholic beverages group was due to increases for food at home (3.3%), food away from home (3.7%) and coffee, tea, cocoa and non-alcoholic beverages (2%).