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Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of March 2021 increased by 9.11% from March 2020. Month-on-month CPI increased by 0.50% from February 2021.
The prices of goods and services as measured by CPI in March 2021 has increased by 9.11 percent from March 2020. The increase slowed by 0.43 percentage point as compared to February which recorded 9.54 percent increase. The increase in March is due to increase in food prices which went up by 15.25 percent. Within the food group, prices of betel nut and betel leaves recorded the highest increase with 43.97 percent followed by meat prices which went up by 36.56 percent; and fish and vegetables with 26.54 percent and 21.04 percent respectively. Non-food prices increased by 4.16 percent, up by 0.56 percentage point from February which is due to increase in transport and housing and utilities. The month-on-month prices increased by 0.50 percent due to increase in alcoholic beverages and narcotics (betel nut and betel leaves) by 2.57 percent, followed by transport with 0.82 percent and housing and utilities by 0.56 percent.