Inflation rate rises in February

Sun Online Desk

5th March, 2019 06:16:10 printer

Inflation rate rises in February

A rise in food inflations slightly pushed up the general inflation rate last month in the country.


"The general point-to-point inflation rate increased to 5.47 percentage point in February," Planning Minister MA Mannan said on Tuesday, releasing the monthly consumer price index.


It was 5.42 percent in January.


Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) data show that food inflation increased to 5.44 percent in February from 5.33 percent in the month before.


But the non-food inflation rate decreased slightly to 5.51 percent last month. It was 5.57 percent in January.


Prices of egg, vegetable, edible oil and other food items increased in February, BBS data show.


In the rural area, the general inflation rate increased to 5.26 percent in February from 5.14 percent in January as the food inflation went up to 5.48 percent from 5.28 percent there.


However, the general inflation rate slightly declined to 5.85 percent in February from 5.93 percent in January in the urban area.


The point-to-point national wage index witnessed an upward trend with 6.48 percent in February against 6.21 percent in January.