Consumer Price Index (CPI) - Transport and communication

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Transport And Communication

October 2018

   7.72% (YoY)
+ 0.71% (MoM)
Previous Value: 126.0 (Sep 2018)

CPI - Transport And Communication
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CPI - Transport and communication

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Transport and communication in October 2018 rose by 7.72% (YoY)

from an year ago.

According to data released by the Central Statistics Office, the country's CPI for Transport and communication in Oct 2018 was pegged at 126.9, compared to 117.8 reported in the corresponding period last year. The CPI in Oct 2018 for urban areas was 123.3 and for the rural areas was 123.3.

This months CPI figure represents a jump of 0.71% (MoM) since last month, as CPI(Combined) for Sep 2018 stood at 126.0.

What does CPI - Transport and communication signify?

Let us assume that a basket of goods and services; in this case, Transport and communication was costing Rs. 100.00 in 2012 (Base Year).

Consumer Price Index (CPI) informs us that, the same basket of goods and services i.e. Transport and communication

was costing Rs. 103.20 in Jan 2013
was costing Rs. 110.70 in Jan 2014
was costing Rs. 109.40 in Jan 2015
was costing Rs. 111.10 in Jan 2016
was costing Rs. 117.00 in Jan 2017
was costing Rs. 119.30 in Jan 2018
was costing Rs. 126.90 in Oct 2018

Consumer Price Index (CPI) Weightage
Transport and communication

Transport and communication is a sub-group of Miscellaneous. In the calculation of Consumer Price Index, Transport and communication has the following weightage:

Index Rural Urban Combined
Transport and communication 7.60% 9.73% 8.59%

Other sub-groups included alongside Transport and communication in the Miscellaneous group are:

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  • Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.

  • ~ Ronald Reagan

What is Consumer Price Index (CPI)?

A Consumer Price Index (CPI) is designed to measure the changes over time in general level of retail prices of selected goods and services that households purchase for the purpose of consumption. Such changes affect the real purchasing power of consumers’ income and their welfare. The CPI measures price changes by comparing, through time, the cost of a fixed basket of commodities.

The basket is based on the expenditures of a target population in a certain reference period. Since the basket contains commodities of unchanging or equivalent quantity and quality, the index reflects only pure price.

The annual percentage change in a CPI is used as a measure of inflation.

Over the years, CPIs have been widely used as a macroeconomic indicator of inflation, and also as a tool by Government and Central Bank for targeting inflation and monitoring price stability. CPI is also used as deflators in the National Accounts. Therefore, CPI is considered as one of the most important economic indicators.

Consumer Price Index in India

In India, the Consumer Price Index is calculated on a monthly basis and is released every month at 5.30 p.m. on 12th day of the following month. If it is a holiday, then it is released on the next working day. All-India CPIs (Rural, Urban, Combined) along with inflation rates for Sub-group, Group, CFPI and General Index (All-Groups) are released through a Press Note and are also uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Items are first classified, organised and coded according to Groups, Sub Groups and Categories. Then a Weighing Diagram is prepared. Weighing diagram gives the share of each item in the total consumption expenditure in a Consumer Expenditure Survey(CES). For calculation of Consumer Price Index (CPI), prices are collected from 1181 village markets covering all districts and 1114 urban markets distributed over 310 towns of the country. The elementary/item indices are then computed using Geometric Mean (GM) of the Price Relatives of Current Prices with respect to Base Prices of different markets in consonance with the international practice.

For current series of CPI, the base year has been taken as 2012. The basket of items and their weighing diagrams have been prepared using the Modified Mixed Reference Period (MMRP8) data of Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES), 2011-12, which is 68th Round of National Sample Survey (NSS).


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Oct 2018 126.9   0.9
Sep 2018 126.0   1.7
Aug 2018 124.3   0.7
Jul 2018 123.6   0.1
Jun 2018 123.7   0.8
May 2018 122.9   1.0
Apr 2018 121.9   0.9
Mar 2018 121.0   0.8
Feb 2018 120.2   0.9
Jan 2018 119.3   0.8
Dec 2017 118.5   0.2
Nov 2017 118.3   0.5
Oct 2017 117.8   0.5
Sep 2017 118.3   1.0
Aug 2017 117.3   1.3
Jul 2017 116.0   0.5
Jun 2017 116.5   0.2
May 2017 116.7   0.1