HCMC – The consumer price index (CPI) of HCMC in August inched up 0.06% month-on-month, according to the city’s Department of Statistics.
Eight of the 11 main commodity groups saw their prices rise against the previous month, including food and catering services by 0.1%, beverages and tobacco by 0.3% and footwear, hats and textiles by 0.07%.
The prices of household appliances and devices rose by 0.2% in August, while medicines and medical services edged up by 0.01%, transport services by 0.11%, education by 0.83% and goods and other services by 0.33%.
The remaining three groups inched down—housing, electricity, water, gas and construction materials; post and telecommunications; and culture, entertainment and tourism, VietnamPlus news site reported.
In terms of food and catering services, the price of food picked up 0.23% month-on-month, while that of foodstuffs rose by 0.4% against the previous month, according to the department.
The two adjustments in local fuel prices on July 28 and August 12 contributed to the rise of the transportation group. In August, the prices of gasoline and diesel oil rose by 1.35% from the previous month, while train tickets dropped by 0.6%.
The prices of electricity, water and rent reduced by 1.8%, 1.1% and a fractional 0.03%, respectively, while that of cooking gas inched up.
In August, the gold price index increased by 14% month-on-month and soared by 39.8% year-on-year, while the U.S. Dollar Index edged down by 0.33% against the previous month and by 0.22% year-on-year.