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Consumer prices of clothing & footwear decline in July
Aug '08
Consumer Price Index (CPI) for January to July 2008 increased by 4.4 per cent to 109.8 compared with that of 105.2 in the same period last year. Compared with that of the same month in 2007, the CPI increased by 8.5 per cent from 105.7 to 114.7 and when compared with the previous month, the CPI increased by 1.1 per cent.

The index for Non-Food increased by 7.3 per cent. The period of January to July 2008 showed increases in the index for Non-Food 3.2 per cent. Compared to the previous month, the index for Non-Food increased to 1.0 per cent.

CPI changes for the period January – July 2008 / 2007:
The 4.4 per cent increase in the CPI was brought about by increases observed in the indices of all the main groups except those of Clothing & Footwear which decreased by 0.6 per cent respectively.

Other increases were Miscellaneous Goods & Services (+ 3.4 per cent); Recreation Services & Culture (+ 2.1 per cent); Education (+ 2.1 per cent) and Furnishings (+ 2.0 per cent).

Monthly Changes for CPI:
When compared with the previous month, the CPI for July 2008 increased by 1.1 per cent. The increases were shown in the selected main groups namely Furnishings (+ 1.0 per cent); Miscellaneous Goods (+ 0.7 per cent respectively) and Education (+ 0.1 per cent respectively). Meanwhile, the index for Clothing & Footwear showed a decreased by 0.4 and 0.1 per cent respectively.

A reclassification of items according to their durability and services rendered showed increases in the index for Non-Durable Goods (+ 2.1 per cent); Durable Goods (+ 0.6 per cent) and Services (+ 0.5 per cent); while the index for Semi-Durable Goods which decreased by 0.1 per cent.

Department of statistics malaysia

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