Hanoi ’s consumer price index (CPI) in August climbed 3.16 percent against the previous month, according to the municipal Statistics Office.

The figure represented a year-on-year rise of 8.7 and a 5.19 percent increase to that of one year ago.

The increase was attributed to price hikes in ten baskets of commodities.

The biggest price rise, 63.94 percent, was seen in the healthcare sector due to the climbing prices of medical services at State-owned hospitals.

Other commodity groups, including transportation services; and housing, electricity, water, fuel and construction materials, experienced price hikes of 1.13 percent and 0.95 percent respectively.

Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City’s monthly CPI rose by only 0.31 percent against the previous month.-VNA