FLP’s October price survey

  • 19th October 2011
  • 2011
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Fiji Labour Party’s three-monthly price survey of food and basic household items shows sharp increases in the price of meat, liquid milk and ghee but prices of other items have remained largely steady compared to the July survey (see table below).

The highest increase was recorded for ghee which rose from $12.18 for a 750ml bottle in July to $16.59 – up 36%. Ghee prices had gone up as high as $18 in August.

Frozen Chicken (Crest) showed the next highest increase at 34%. A No. 15 chicken now costs $16.60 compared to $12.39 in July. Lamb chops have shot up from $13.82 kg in July to $17.39 now – up 26% while lamb neck/curry pieces are now priced at $10.79kg compared to $8.40 three months ago – up 28.5%. In the canned stuff, the price of Canterbury corned mutton is up 10% rising from $4.08 to $4.49 (340g) while Oxford Beef is up 5% from $3.89 to $4.08 per 340g.

All liquid milk prices (whether local or overseas) have gone up with Rewa Dairy registering a 12% increase for Rewa Life – from $1.98 per litre to $2.22.

In the groceries section, sugar has seen a drop of 12% in price – from $4.49 per 2kg pack to $3.94; garlic has gone down 12.5% from $2.95 to $2.58 per 500g. Potatoes have registered an increase of 8% rising from $1.49kg to $1.61kg; onions have remained steady in price at $1.62 kg but the quality is highly questionable and works out more expensive as a result. The same can be said for garlic.

In the detergents/toiletries section Colgate Herbal toothpaste has seen a substantial 28% drop in price from $2.99 (100g) to $2.15. The price of Cold Power washing powder is down 14% from $4.99 to $4.29 per 900g. One wonders why it is being sold as 900g pack rather than 1kg.

Fuel prices had risen during the period under survey but have now gone back to the July level following reductions announced on Friday (14 Oct). As a result unleaded Super now sells at $2.50 per litre (same as 21 July) and Diesel at $2.20 per litre. Prices increased on 3rd August with Unleaded Super rising to $2.58 per litre and Diesel $2.31. With the fall in prices announced on 14 October, motorists are now paying what they paid in July for Super – a saving of 8c per litre (Super); the saving on  Diesel is 11c per litre.

Please see the attached table for price movements on the full range of items covered in the survey. The price survey was carried out on 12 October.

Price Increases of Basic Household Items

 D  E D-E D-E
Items QTY  Post Vat- Increased Price  Price Diff Btw Post Vat Price Jul & Post Vat Oct 2011  % Diff btw Post Vat Jul – Post Vat Oct 2011

21-Jul-11

12-Oct-11

Meat
1 Lamb Neck/curry Pieces (Whole/Tray packed 1kg  $     8.40  $   10.79

2.39

28.45

2 Lamb Chops (BBQ chops/slices/Curry pieces 1kg  $   13.82  $   17.39

3.57

25.83

3 Crest Chicken #15  $   12.39  $   12.89

0.50

4.04

Canned Meat/Fish  
4 Oxford Beef 340g  $     3.89  $     4.08

0.19

4.88

5 Canterbury Corned Mutton 340g  $     4.08  $     4.49

0.41

10.05

6 Brunswick Mackerel in Tomato Sauce 425g  $     2.55  $     2.55

0.00

0.00

Groceries  
7 Garlic 480 -500g 500g  $     2.95  $     2.58

-0.37

-12.54

8 Potatoes kg  $     1.49  $     1.61

0.12

8.05

9 Onions kg  $     1.62  $     1.62

0.00

0.00

10 Carrot kg  $     3.49  $     3.99

0.50

14.33

11 FMF Flour (Normal) 10kg  $   14.26  $   14.26

0.00

0.00

12 Sungrown Rice 10kg  $   12.16  $   12.16

0.00

0.00

13 Punjas Soya Bean Oil 4lt  $   20.31  $   20.31

0.00

0.00

14 Punjas Soya Bean Oil 750ml  $     4.11  $     4.11

0.00

0.00

15 Punjas Ghee 750ml  $   12.18  $   16.59

4.41

36.21

16 Sugar 2kg  $     4.49  $     3.94

-0.55

-12.25

17 Dhal (Split Peas)  $     1.62

1.62

#DIV/0!

Cereals  
18 Weetbix (Sanitarium) 375g  $     4.39  $     4.49

0.10

2.28

19 FMF Breakfast Crackers 375g  $     1.35  $     1.35

0.00

0.00

Beverages  
20 Milo 500g  $   10.79  $   10.89

0.10

0.93

21 Punjas Ceylon Tea (Loose) 200g  $     2.42  $     2.42

0.00

0.00

Dairy Products  
22 Rewa Butter 500g

 $     7.34

 $     7.34

0.00

0.00

23 Rewa Life (White Pkt) 1lt  $     1.98  $     2.22

0.24

12.12

24 Rewa Full Cream Powdered 500g  $     5.83  $     5.83

0.00

0.00

25 Redcow Powdered Milk 500g  $     5.39  $     5.39

0.00

0.00

Detergents/Toiletries  
26 Colgate Herbal 100g  $     2.99  $     2.15

-0.84

-28.09

27 Toilet Rolls Viti (1) 1000s  $     1.85  $     1.85

0.00

0.00

28 Axion Dishwashing Paste 400g  $     3.49  $     2.99

-0.50

-14.33

29 Cold Power 900g  $     4.99  $     4.29

-0.70

-14.03

30 Pacific Washing Soap 900g  $     3.99  $     3.99

0.00

0.00

31 Protex (Bath Soap) 90g  $     1.39  $     1.39

0.00

0.00

Fuel/Cooking Gas  
32 Fiji Gas 12kg  $   49.00  $   49.00

0.00

0.00

33 Unleaded Super ltr  $     2.50  $     2.50

0.00

0.00

34 Diesel ltr  $     2.28  $     2.20

-0.08

-3.51

Sources:
Commerce Commission
Supermarkets