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Economic Weekly

October 22, 2014

 

A drop in prices over the past year; factors likely to lead to price increases in 2015 include the CPI’s housing component and depreciation of the shekel

 

September’s consumer price index (CPI) fell 0.3% compared to the previous month, slightly more negative than forecasted. The most significant price declines occurred in the following components: recreation and leisure, fresh fruits, and food. It is notable that food prices, which account for 14% of the consumption basket of households, have been in a gradual downward trend over the past year. From their peak in October 2013, food prices have declined 3.3% (between 2007 and 2013, food prices went up sharply by 28%).

 

 

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