HCM City’s CPI increases 0.47 percent in February hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The consumer price index (CPI) of Ho Chi Minh City rose 0.47 percent month-on-month in February and 3.58 percent over the same period last year, reported the city’s Statistics Office on February 28.

According to the office, among 11 goods groups, education was the only group that saw a decrease in price compared to January at 2.89 percent.

Meanwhile, the prices of two other groups – beverages and tobacco, and medicine and medical services – were kept unchanged.

The highest rise in price was seen in goods and other services at 1.32 percent; followed by food and catering services at 1.15 percent; housing, electricity, water, fuel, and construction materials at 0.7 percent; garments, headgear, and footwear at 0.54 percent; equipment and household appliances at 0.6 percent; post and telecommunications at 0.41 percent; and transportation at 0.25 percent.

A representative from the HCM City Statistics Office said that in the group of food and catering services, the prices of food and foodstuff rose 1.67 percent and 0.32 percent respectively, while that of catering services increased just 0.55 percent over the previous month.

In February 2019, the price of gold was up 0.71 percent, and that of US dollar rose 0.09 percent compared to January 2019. –VNA