A slight decrease in the consumer price index in May

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Fruit Market in Ramallah

RAMALLAH-BNEWS- The overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Palestine during May recorded a slight decrease of 0.27% compared with April (a decrease of 1.47% in the Gaza Strip and 0.05% in the West Bank, while the CPI increased by 0.56% in Jerusalem), today said the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).

It said the relative stability in the May prices compared to the previous month was despite the increase in the prices of bread and flour but leveled off from a decline in the prices of fresh vegetables and poultry.

When compared with the corresponding month of the previous year, May CPI recorded an increase of 3.43 percent (an increase of 4.65 percent in Jerusalem, 3.41 percent in the Gaza Strip, and 3.19% in the West Bank).

The changes in Palestinian CPI during May were traced back to changes in prices of the following expenditure sub-groups compared with the previous month:

Sub Groups

Percent Change

Dried Vegetables

- 20.25%

Fresh Chicken

- 11.43%

Fresh Vegetables

- 8.42%


- 5.38%

Potatoes and other Tubers

- 1.08%


+ 8.44%

Fresh Fruit

+ 6.87%

Flour of Cereals "White Flour"

+ 5.82%

Vegetable Oils

+ 3.39%


+ 0.90%

Fish, Live, Fresh, Chilled, or Frozen

+ 0.84%