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Hanoi (VNA) - Hanoi's consumer price index (CPI) in September increased 1.08 percent against the previous month, and 5.16 percent over the same period last year, the municipal Statistics Office announced.

The rise was mainly driven by educational services, which were up 11.78 percent, as effects of the new school year and the increase of tuition fees of some secondary and high schools, universities and colleges in the public system.

In the month, the groups of transport; and housing, electricity, fuels and construction materials edged up 0.58 percent and 0.31 percent as compared with August.

Between January and September, the index expanded by 3.99 percent year-on-year, with only the group of post and telecommunications down 1.38 percent.

In September, the city’s total retail sales and services revenue reached 44.3 trillion VND (1.9 million USD), up 2.1 percent against the previous year, and 8.1 percent year-on-year.

The value in the first nine months of this year stood at 367.8 trillion VND (15.8 million USD), up 8.9 percent year-on-year.

This month, the city exported more than 1.3 billion USD worth of goods, down 2.1 percent against the previous month but up 41.8 percent compared with the corresponding period last year.

In the first three quarters, the city’s export turnover hit 10.5 billion USD, representing a year-on-year rise of 21.6 percent.

Meanwhile, its import value reached 2.4 billion USD, down 2 percent from August but up 9.1 percent year-on-year.

During the nine-month period, the city imported 22.4 billion USD worth of goods, an increase of 6.5 percent against the same period last year.  

Hanoi is continuing with drastic solutions to reform administrative procedures, attract investment and facilitate the operation of businesses in the locality.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Statistics Office said on September 29 that the city’s CPI in September expanded by 0.81 percent compared with August and 3.42 percent from the same period last year.

Among the 11 groups of commodities, only post and telecom services dropped 0.06 percent from August.

The highest rise was seen in the group of educational services, up 5.22 percent; followed by housing, electricity, fuels and construction materials, 0.33 percent, other goods and other services, 0.12 percent; transport, 0.01 percent; household utensils, 0.43 percent; and culture, entertainment and tourism, 0.45 percent, respectively.

In September, gold prices fell 0.24 percent while US dollar increased 0.09 percent against the  previous month.-VNA