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Tunisia: consumer price index up 0.2% from November to December 2011

The consumer price index (CPI) posted a slight increase of 0.2% from November to December 2011.

The stability of the CPI is the result of the decrease of some indicators and the rise of others, said a statement of the National Statistics Institute (INS).

The decline involves the index of the food and beverages group (-0.2%).

Groups that posted an increase in their price index are clothes and footwear (0.1%), housing and domestic energy (0.5%) and furniture and household appliances (0.3%), in addition to restaurants and hotels (0.3%) said the statement.

The consumer price index posted a 4.2% increase in December 2011 compared to December 2010, added the statement.

This rise is the result of increase in prices of food products (4.5%), tobacco (+9.8%), restaurants and hotels (6%) and clothes and footwear (5.7%), also said the same source.

The average of CPI throughout the year 2011 posted an increase of 3.5% due to the rise in the prices of most consumer products, particularly food products (3.7%), housing and domestic energy (4.4%).

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