Food inflation rate in December eased slightly, although general and non-food inflation witnessed a rising trend.
The food inflation came down to 5.48 per cent from 5.72 per cent in November, according to the latest data of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). The general inflation registered 6.10 per cent in December against 6.05 per cent in November.
"More consumption of non-food items during the Christmas and year end has pushed the inflation slightly up in December," Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal told reporters after an ECNEC meeting while releasing the monthly consumer price index at a press briefing at NEC-II conference room in Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on Tuesday.
Apart from the general inflation, the rate of non-food inflation showed a rising trend also. The non-food inflation increased to 7.05 per cent in December, 2015 which was 6.56 per cent in the preceding November.
Besides, the inflation rate at the urban level increased to 7.07 per cent in December while it was 5.58 per cent at rural level.
At the rural level, the food inflation also declined to 4.76 per cent, down from 5 per cent in the previous month, while the non-food inflation increased to 7.10 per cent in December as compared to 6.76 per cent in November.
In urban areas, the food inflation also declined to 7.14 per cent in December, down from 7.42 per cent in November. The non-food inflation rate, however stood at 6.98 per cent in December which was 6.29 per cent in November.
The national wage index rate witnessed a 7.91 per cent growth in December with 132.58 point which was 7.09 per cent growth with 132.37 point in November.
The average year- to- year rate of inflation from January 2015 to December 2015 stood at 6.20 per cent, which was 6.99 per cent in the previous year, according to BSS. - Idrak