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)