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CPI up 1.44% in April

2012/05/07 10:32:42

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Taiwan's Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to 108.04 points in April, up 1.44 percent from the year-earlier level, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics reported Monday.

The CPI rise could be attributed mainly to an average 6.32 percent year-on-year increase in fuel prices, which helped push up the index by 0.24 percentage points in April, the Cabinet-level agency said.

Hikes in the prices of vegetables, natural gas and seafood also contributed to the CPI surge in April, the agency said.

However, a drop in the price of some fruits and lower telecommunications service charges helped prevent an even sharper index rise, it added.

(By Lin Hui-chun and Sofia Wu)
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