Consumer prices in Abu Dhabi rise 2.2% to September

State-run statistics agency says food and drink costs drove rise in nine month period
Consumer prices in Abu Dhabi rise 2.2% to September
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By Andy Sambidge
Sat 15 Oct 2011 03:31 PM

Abu Dhabi’s consumer prices rose 2.2 percent during the first nine months, according to figures released by the state-run statistics agency on Saturday.

Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi said the costs of food and non-alcoholic beverages contributed the largest share (61.8 percent) of the rise.

The prices of meat, coffee, tea and cocoa, and fruits also saw double digit increases compared to the same period in 2010, SCAD added in a statement.

Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels group  accounted for 35 percent of the overall increase in prices during this period while transport and communications also drove the rise in prices.

Key expenditure groups that slowed down the rise in consumer prices during the first nine months of 2011 included clothing and footwear, SCAD said.

As for month-to-month changes, average consumer prices increased by 0.4 percent in September 2011 compared with August, with the prices of alcoholic beverages and tobacco, and education leading the rise.

During the third quarter of 2011, average consumer prices rose by 1.6 percent compared with the same period of 2010, the figures showed.

Compared with Q2 2011, consumer prices increased by 1.4 percent, SCAD added.

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