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Annual Inflation Increases by 2.10% in Dubai in July

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Dubai Statistics Center "DSC": Annual Inflation Increases by 2.10% in Dubai in July

Dubai, July 2016

DSC report showed that the monthly inflation index of goods and services in the consumer basket in Dubai showed an increase of 0.33% in July 2016, compared to June 2016, due to the increase in the food and beverage group by 1.60%, which has a relative importance of 11.08%, while the price of the transportation group increased by 0.40%, and it has a relative importance of 9.08% of the total consumer basket. Meanwhile, the prices of goods and services in the group of miscellaneous goods and services showed an increase of 0.22%, as it has a relative importance of 6.15% of the total consumer basket. Also, the index of residency, water, electricity, gas and fuel group showed an increase of 0.18% and it is considered the highest in the relative importance to the consumer basket, with 43.70%. Also, the group of furniture, furnishing and home appliances and their repair increased by 0.05%, as it has a relative importance of 3.34% to the consumer basket. Meanwhile, the prices of the restaurant and hotel group increased by 0.03% and it has a relative importance of 5.48% to the total importance of the consumer basket.  Moreover, the price of the health index increased by 0.01%, as it has a relative importance of 1.08%. On the other hand, the prices of the entertainment and culture group decreased by 0.03%, as it has a relative importance of 4.24%, while the prices of the rest of the groups remained stable during the comparison period, as the relative importance to the consumer basket of the tobacco group is 0.24%, for the clothes and footwear group 5.52%, for the communications group 6.00% and for the education group 4.09% of the total consumer basket.

As regards the annual inflation index of goods and services in the consumer basket in Dubai, it increased by 2.10% in July 2016, compared to the same month of 2015, as the increase in the school fees impacted the increase in the prices of the education group by 6.74%, while the index of residency, water, electricity, gas and fuel group showed an increase of 3.45%, while the change in the prices of goods and services in the group of miscellaneous goods and services showed an increase of 2.74%  and the index of the clothes and footwear group increased by 2.37%. Also, the transport group increased by 1.04%, while the prices of the restaurant and hotel group increased by 0.96%, the group of furniture, furnishing and home appliances and their repair increased by 0.75% and the price of the health group increased by 0.21%. Also, the entertainment and culture group increased by 0.15%. On the other hand, the prices of the food and beverage group decreased by 1.05%, the communications group index decreased by 0.15% and the  tobacco group remained at the same level during the comparison period.

The inflation rate in the consumer indices in the main expenditure groups are as follows:

Food and Beverage

The change in the prices of goods and services, compared to last month in the group of food and beverages led to an increase in the group's index by 1.60% because of the increase in the price of fish and seafood by 6.04%, while the prices of vegetables increased by 5.51% and also the prices of fruits by 0.60%.

On an annual basis, the inflation index of the group decreased by 1.05% due to the decrease in the price of fish and seafood by 6.54%, while the prices of fruits decreased by 4.36% and that's of mineral water, soda and juices by 2.01%.

Tobacco

Both the monthly and annual inflation index of the tobacco group were stable.

Clothes and Footwear

The monthly inflation index of the goods and services was stable, while on the annual level, there was an increase in its inflation index by 2.37%, due to the increase in ready-made clothes prices by 3.45%.

Residency, water, electricity, gas and fuel

When monitoring the prices of the Residency, water, electricity, gas and fuel group, it was noticed that their monthly inflation index increased by 0.18% as a result of the increase in the price of materials, services and maintenance of houses by 0.83%. Also, rents paid by tenants increased by 0.20%, which comes as part of the increase that Dubai generally witnesses. Likewise, there was an increase in the price of goods and services which was reflected on the increase of the annual inflation index of the group by 3.45%. This came as a result of the increase in the rents paid by tenants by 4.12% as part of the increase that Dubai generally witnesses and the increase in the price of dry and solid fuels by 0.76%.

Furniture, furnishing and Home Appliances and their Repair

The price of the goods and services in the furniture, furnishing and home appliances and their repairs increased, resulting in the increase of the inflation index on the monthly basis by 0.05%. This increase is caused by the increase in the prices of basic home appliances by 1.24%, while the prices of small electric home appliances increased by 0.65% and the prices of furniture and furnishings increased by 0.36%.

As regards the annual index, it increased for this group by 0.75% due to the increase in the prices of pots, metal and glass kitchenware and tableware by 6.17%. Also, the prices of the carpet and floor coverings increased by 2.79%., while the prices of small, diverse accessories (home lighting accessories) increased by 1.96%.

Health

It was noticed that the monthly inflation index for the health group increased by 0.01%, due to the increase in the prices of medical supplies by 0.18%. On the annual level, it recorded an increase of 0.21% due to the increase in dental services by 3.87%, while the prices of medical supplies increased by 2.64% and doctor and nursing services by 2.56%.

Transport

The transport group increased by 0.40% in the monthly inflation index, due to the increase in the prices of fuels and oils for transportations by 1.00% resulting from the decision of the Ministry of Energy to free the fuel prices in the State.

On an annual basis, the inflation index also increased by 1.04% due to the index's being affected by the increase in the price of land transportation by 2.32% and that's of fuels and oils for transportations by 2.20% due to freeing the fuel prices in the State since August 1st, 2015.  Also, the price of other services related to means of transportation increased by 0.27%.

Communications

It was noticed that the monthly inflation index for the communications group was stable, while on the annual level, it recorded a decrease of 0.11% due to the decrease in the prices of wired and wireless communication devices by 9.66%, as manufacturers compete to produce the latest trends. Also, the mail service prices decreased by 0.73%.

Entertainment and Culture

The monthly inflation index of the entertainment and culture group decreased by 0.03%, due to the decrease in the price of stationary and painting items by 0.32%, while the annual inflation index in the group increased to 0.15% due to the increase in the price of cultural services by 3.09%, while the prices of books increased by 0.42%.

Education

The monthly inflation index of the education group was stable and did not witness any change, due to the nature of the school year in Dubai. As regards school fees on an annual basis, it witnessed an increase in the inflation index of the education group by 6.74%, as the private lesson prices witnessed the highest increase by 9.09%. Also, the school fees for the secondary education increased by 6.91%, while the increase in the school fees of kindergarten and elementary school by 6.68% led to the general increase in the group index.

Restaurants and Hotels

The restaurant and hotel group witnessed an increase in the monthly inflation index by 0.03%, due to the increase in the price of hotel accommodations by 7.27%, while on the annual basis, the inflation index showed an increase in the group by 0.96% due to the increase in the price of restaurants and cafes by 0.96%.

Miscellaneous Goods and Services

The group of miscellaneous goods and services witnessed an increase in the prices of goods and services in the group, leading to an increase in the monthly inflation index of 0.22% due to the increase in the prices of jewelry, accessories and watches by 3.36% and the prices of personal care products and appliances by 0.11%.

The annual index of the group increased by 2.74%, due to the increase in the prices of jewelry, accessories and watches by 10.86% and the vehicle insurance prices by 6.90%. Also, the prices of personal care products increased by 4.52%, leading to increasing the index to that level.

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