1.5% increase in Car sales price

The Transport group index registered an increase of 1.6 percent, from 129.6 to 131.6 between the two periods. Accroding to Acting Government statistician, M. P Kerekang this was largely due to an increase in the constituent section indices of Transport Services and Purchase of Vehicles which rose by 5.9 and 2.5 percent respectively.

The rise in Transport Services section index was mainly due to an increase in Minibus and Taxis Fares by 9.4 percent while long distance Bus (bitumen road) increased from 16.86 thebe to 18.55 thebe per kilometre, which effected on 1st September 2010. The increase in Purchase of Vehicles section index was attributed to the general increase in the prices of vehicles.

On other indicators, Kerekang said the September 2010 national Consumer Price Index was 139.4, registering an increase of 0.6 percent on the August index of 138.7. The urban villages’ index was 138.7 in September, recording an increase of 0.8 percent from 137.6 in August. The cities and towns’ index went up by 0.6 percent, moving from 137.8 to 138.6 between August and September, while the rural villages’ index increased from 142.7 in August to 143.0 in September, an increase of 0.2 percent.

Only two group indices recorded a change of at least 1.0 percent between August and September – Transport (1.6 percent) and Clothing & Footwear (1.2 percent).

The Clothing and Footwear group index recorded an increase of 1.2 percent from 123.6 in August to 125.0 in September. All constituent section indices recorded increases, notably, Cleaning, Repair & Hire (4.9 percent), Clothing (1.5 percent) and Other Articles of Clothing (1.5 percent).

The Alcohol & Tobacco group index recorded an increase of 0.9 percent from 177.6 in August to 179.1 in September 2010. The increase was mainly due to the rise in the section index of Tobacco (4.8 percent), and Alcoholic Beverages (0.3 percent).