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Flour prices hit all-time high in Pakistan

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  • 20-kg flour bag being sold at Rs2,400 in Karachi and Quetta.
  • In Hyderabad, a 20kg flour bag is being sold at Rs2260.
  • Price of 20Kg flour bag is up to Rs980 in major cities of Punjab.

Prices of flour have reached an all-time high in the country as a 20-kg flour bag is being sold at Rs2400 in Karachi and Quetta, said the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

According to the data released by the PBS, in Quetta with an increase of Rs480 per 20Kg during the last 15 days, flour is being sold at Rs120/Kg, while in Karachi price per 20/Kg flour bag has risen to Rs260 in the last 15 days.

As per data, in Hyderabad, a 20kg flour bag is being sold at Rs2260, while in Larkana the price of 20Kg flour bag has been set at Rs2100.

Similarly, the price of 20Kg flour bag has reached Rs2,040 in Sukkur and 2,200 in Khuzdar.

PBS stats show that the price of 20Kg flour bag is up to Rs980 in major cities of Punjab, while in Islamabad, the 20 kg flour bag is of the same price.

‘Inflation rate dropped to 0.19%’

A day earlier, The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), however, reported that the SPI-based inflation rate dropped to 0.19% during the week ended September 15 compared to last week.

Data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) showed that the average prices of 10 essential items, onions, tomatoes, bananas and other items declined during the outgoing week.

Prices of 30 items, including tea, eggs have rose. Meanwhile, the rates for 11 essential goods remained unchanged.

The combined income group index went down from 225.67 points during the week that ended on September 8 to 224.98 points in the week under review.

On weekly basis prices of following essential items rose:

Food items:

  • Tea Lipton 190 gram — 6.30%
  • Pulse Moong (washed) — 3.46%
  • Eggs — 2.54%
  • Pulse Gram — 2.53%
  • Eggs — 3.84%
  • Cooked beef — 2.53%
  • Wheat flour — 1.96%
  • Bread — 1.45%

On weekly basis prices of following essential items decreased:

Food items:

  • Onions — -16.24%
  • Tomatoes — -9.84%
  • Bananas — -2.5%
  • Chicken — -1.88%
  • Sugar — -0.95%
  • Vegatable Ghee (1kg) — -0.39%
  • Potatoes — 0.33%

Non-food items:

  • LPG — -2.62%

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The Finance Minister, Muhammad Aurangzeb, outlined the budget highlights. He stated that the GDP growth target for the fiscal year 2024–25 is set at 3.6 percent, while the inflation rate is anticipated to stay at 12 percent.

He stated that while the primary surplus is anticipated to be 1.0 percent of GDP during the review period, the budget deficit to GDP is forecast to be 6.9 percent over the period under review.

According to the minister, tax income collection increased by 38% in the current fiscal year, and the province will receive Rs7,438 billion. The Federal Board of income expects to earn Rs12,970 billion in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

In contrast to the federal government’s projected net income of Rs9,119 billion, he stated that the federation’s non-tax revenue projections are set at Rs3,587 billion.

The federal government’s total outlays are projected to be Rs18,877 billion, with interest payments accounting for the remaining Rs9,775 billion.

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Pakistan’s commercial banks’ reserves, which stood at $5.28 billion at the conclusion of the week ending on June 7, rose by US$174 million, according to a central bank statement.

Reserving US$6.2 million less, the SBP now has US$9.10 billion in reserves. The causes for the decline in the reserves it had were not disclosed by the central bank.

The SBP released a statement that stated, “SBP reserves decreased by US$ 6 million to US$ 9,103.3 million during the week ended on 07-June-2024.”

The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) foreign exchange reserves were reduced by US$ 63 million as a result of repaying external debt, with the reserves standing at US$ 9.093 billion as of earlier on June 6.

The central bank spokesperson said in a statement that as of the week that concluded on May 31, the nation’s total liquid foreign reserves were $14.31 billion.

In terms of net foreign reserves, commercial banks have US$ 5.22 billion of the overall foreign reserves, according to the SBP.

SBP reserves dropped by US$ 63 million to US$ 9,093.7 million during the week that ended on May 24, 2024, according to the announcement.

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