The CPI then fell a further 1.1 percent in February and a
further 1.5 percent in March, the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)
said today in its release of a newly developed monthly CPI.
The housing component of the CPI (rent, fuel and energy) recorded
the most significant decline of 13.2% between the fourth quarter of
2008 and January 2009, followed by the transport and communications
component with a 6.0% decline during the same period.
Food, Beverages and Tobacco increased slightly between fourth
quarter 2008 and January 2009, then started to decline during the
following two months.
Between January and February, Furniture, Textiles and Home
Appliances declined by 3.0%, and further declined by 1.2% between
February and March.
This is the first time that QSA has released the Consumer Price
Index on a monthly basis. QSA changed the base year for estimating
CPI from 2001 to 2006, in order to better reflect household spending
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