Muscat, The rate of inflation in the Sultanate of

Oman in September 2018 increased by 0.78% compared to the same

month of 2017, according to the latest data released by the National

Centre for Statistics and information (NCSI) on consumer price indices.

It also showed that the inflation rate decreased by 0.11% compared to

August 2018.

The rise in the price index in September 2018 compared to the same

month in 2017 led to a rise in prices in major groups such as housing,

water, electricity, gas and other fuels by 0.59%, transport by 5.67%,

restaurants and hotels by 0.63%, miscellaneous items and services by

0.87% and education by 4.9%.

The prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages decreased by 2.3%,

clothing and footwear by 0.52%, furniture and household equipment

and maintenance cost by 0.53%, communications by 0.34%, health by

3.06%, culture and entertainment by 0.36% and tobacco by 0.14%.

Among governorates, Dhofar recorded the highest rate of increase

in inflation by 1.79%, followed by the Governorate of North Al Batinah

by 1.75%, A’Dakhliyah by 0.72%, Muscat by 0.54% and A’Dhahirah by

0.13%.

The inflation rate decreased by 0.28% in the Governorate of Al

Buraym and by 0.26% in the Governorates of North and South

A’Sharqiah.

The general consumer price index decreased by 0.11 % compared to

the previous month.

The prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages decreased by

0.66%, restaurants and hotels by 0.5%, culture and entertainment by

0.05% and communications by 0.04%.

The price of transportation services increased by 0.26%, clothing

and footwear by 0.22%, miscellaneous goods and services by 0.14%,

and household furniture, equipment and maintenance by 0.2%.

The prices of housing, water, electricity, gas, other fuels, health,

education and tobacco have become stable.

Source: Oman News Agency