Inflation rate rises to 6.7% in August 2019 (INS) [Upd 1]
04/09/2019 19:15, TUNIS/Tunisia
(TAP) - The inflation rate reached 6.7% against 6.5% the previous month, according to figures published Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

This rise is mainly due to the increase in tobacco prices.

The Institute also said food prices grew 7.4% year-on-year in August 2019, compared to 6.5% in July 2019.

This rate is explained by the 12.5% increase in vegetable prices, 9.5% rise in prices of cheese and eggs, 7.8% growth in fruit prices and 7.6% increase in drinks and juice prices.

Prices for manufactured goods increased 8.1% year-over-year due to higher prices for household cleaning products by 10.2% and prices for building materials by 10%.

Core inflation and Inflation of administered products

The core inflation rate, excluding food and energy, stood at 6.7% in August 2019, compared to 6.5% in July 2019.

Similarly, the prices of non-administered free products increased by 7.3% compared with 4.7% for administered products.

Prices of free food products grew by 8.5% compared with 2.4% for food products with administered prices.

Consumer prices up 0.6% in one month

The consumer price index rose 0.6% in August 2019, compared with 0.3% in July 2019. According to the INS, this increase stems essentially from the rise in tobacco prices by 16.1% and food prices by 1.3%.

On the other hand, prices for clothing products fell by 4.6% due to summer sales.

1.3% increase in food prices

Food prices increased 1.3% month-over-month due to higher prices for fresh fruits by 6.1%, eggs by 4.4% and sheep meat by 1.8%.

On the other hand, poultry prices fell by 2.2%.

Prices for the "Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco" group rose 14.9% following a significant increase in tobacco prices by 16.1%.

Lower prices for clothing products

In August, apparel prices went down 4.6% due to the start of summer sales. Thus, the prices of clothing items dropped by 4.7%, while those of shoes decreased by 5.6% and those of fabrics by 1.4%.

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