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Pakistan’s July inflation reaches 24.9pc, highest since 2008

Inflation for the month of July, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), has clocked in at 24.93 per cent, the highest year-on-year rise since November 2008.

According to data shared by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) on Monday, CPI inflation increased by 4.35pc compared to June.

Last month, the YoY inflation was measured at 21.3pc, which was the highest figure in over 13 years.

According to the PBS data, inflation was measured at 23.6pc in urban areas and 26.93pc in rural areas.

The inflationary trend was driven by the transport sector, which saw prices increase by 64.73pc year-on-year, followed by perishable food items at 32.93pc and non-perishable food items at 28.12pc.

Other than education and communication, which saw inflation at 9.79pc and 4.09pc, respectively, all other sectors saw double-digit increases.

These sectors are:

Restaurants and hotels: 24.97pc
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco: 22.48pc
Housing and utilities: 21.78pc
Furnishing and household equipment maintenance: 19.69pc
Miscellaneous goods and services: 17.14pc
Recreation and culture: 15.41pc
Clothing and footwear: 14.57pc
Health: 11.22pc
According to the PBS press release, the prices of motor fuels rose as high as 99pc year-on-year, followed by electricity at 86pc and liquefied hydrocarbons by up to 51pc.

Among the food items that saw the highest price increases compared to last year were pulses, onions, ghee and cooking oil.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Finance said in its Monthly Economic Update and Outlook for July that the year-on-year inflation, which has remained in double digits since Nov 2021, would continue in July and hover around the level observed in June (21.3pc) due to the increase in international commodity prices, particularly of energy, and the depreciation of the rupee.

The outlook said not only international commodity prices, especially oil and food prices, but the depreciation of the exchange rate influenced domestic inflation. It conceded that inflation mostly in the last two months was also coming from supply shocks, the impact of which has overshadowed government efforts in maintaining prices.

It warned that prevailing political unrest was causing governance problems and intensifying the market uncertainties already caused by low foreign exchange reserves and external pressures.

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