Statistics Division Shares Report On Consumer Price Index


The Statistics Division, under the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Governance releases the CPI for May 2021

Year-on-Year Analysis

The All Items index rose 0.4% for the twelve months ending May 2021.

The Food index increased 0.6% over the last twelve months.

Five of nine supermarket food group indexes increased.

The indexes for Oils and Fats, Bread and Cereals, and Food Products N.E.C were the only three indexes to rise more than 5.0%. The index for Oil and Fats increased 5.1 and the index Bread and Cereals increased 5.5% respectively.

The Food Products N.E.C index increased by 6.7%. The increases were mostly due to increases in cooking oil, pasta, and prepared sauces.

In contrast to these increases, the index for Vegetables declined in May falling 3.4% and the index for Fish and Seafood fell 1.8%. The index for Sugars, Jams, Honey, Chocolate, and Confectionery had the smallest decrease of 1.4%. The index for Milk, Cheese, and Eggs was unchanged.

The index for All Items Less Food and Energy increased 1.5% over the past twelve months. The index for Communication increased by 7.2% while the index for Furnishings, Household Equipment, and Routine Household Maintenance rose (6.0). The Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco, and Narcotics index increased 4.6% over the period.

The Transport index declined 15.8%. The Energy index remained at (- 8.8%) since the reduction of the fuel variation rate from 0.60 cents to 0.50 cents.


Month-to-Month Price Changes

The Monthly Consumer Price Index declined -0.2% in May 2021 after been unchanged in April.

The Food index decreased 0.4% in May with six major food categories decreasing.

The index for Milk, Cheese, and Eggs having the largest decrease of 3.4%. Four other categories had decreases ranging from -0.5 to -0.9%.

The May decreases were mostly due to the declines in the indexes for Fruits, Meat and Meat Products and Vegetables.

The index for Frozen, Preserved or Processed Fruit declined by 5.8%. The index for Pork fell 10.3% and the index for Fresh and Chilled Vegetables decreasing by 2.6%.

The index for All Items Less Food and Energy declined 0.4% after been unchanged in April. The Transport Services index was the index contributing to the decline.

The Transport services index declined 2.3% as a result of average price reduction in airline fares. Contrary to the decline the index for Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco, and Narcotics increased by 1.5%. Eight of the twelve major categories were unchanged.

Advertise with the mоѕt vіѕіtеd nеwѕ ѕіtе іn Antigua!
We offer fully customizable and flexible digital marketing packages.
Contact us at [email protected]


  1. What in Gods name does this mean for the average citizen? That cost of living is out of control? Duh! Come on! Give us info that can help us

Comments are closed.