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PRESS COMMUNIQUE – Consumer Price Index – 1st Quarter 2021

  1. The Consumer Price Index, which stood at 106.1 in December 2020, registered a net increase of 2.4 points (or 2.3%) to reach 108.5 in March 2021.
  •  The main contributors for the net increase in CPI from December 2020 to March 2021 were:
  • higher prices of vegetables (+1.0 point), cooking oil (+0.1 point), culinary herbs (+0.1 point), traders’ rice (+0.1 point), and some other food products (+0.3 point);
  • higher prices of washing materials and softeners (+0.1 point);
  • higher doctor’s fees (+0.1 point);
  • higher prices of motor vehicles (+0.1 point);
  • higher prices of goods for personal care (+0.1 point), and;
  • higher prices of some other goods and services (+0.4 point);
  • The headline inflation rate for the twelve months ending March 2021 worked out to 2.2%, compared to 1.2% for the twelve months ending March 2020. 
  • The headline inflation rate excluding “Alcoholic beverages and tobacco” for the twelve months ending March 2021 worked out to 2.3%, compared to 1.2% for the twelve months ending March 2020.

  Statistics Mauritius

  Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development

  14 April 2021       

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