The consumer price index (CPI) rose in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in February.

HCM City ’s CPI increased by 1.68 percent against January and 9.45 percent compared to the same period last year, said the municipal Statistics Office.

Highest price increases were seen in culture-entertainment-tourism (3 percent) and food (2.66 percent) due to the celebration of the Lunar New Year Festival (Tet). The price of pork rose 2.41 percent; beef, 2.65 percent; poultry, 3.51 percent; and vegetables, 5.93 percent.

Slight rises were reported in the prices of equipment and household utensils (0.23 percent) and medicine and medical services (0.21 percent). But the price of post and telecommunications service went down by 1.30 percent.

Meanwhile, Hanoi ’s CPI rose by 2.61 percent against January and 9.69 percent over the same period last year.

Four of 11 commodities recorded high price increases at 2.28-4.24 percent including restaurant and food services; beverages and cigarettes; housing, electricity, fuel and construction materials; and household utensils.

Meanwhile, the prices of medicine and medical services; transport; culture, entertainment and tourism; education; textiles and garments, and footwear went up by between 0.03 – 1.97 percent.

The price of post and telecommunications services went down, as it did in HCM, by 1.30 percent./.