CPI and Khachapuri Index Slump in February-March 2018

CPI and Khachapuri Index Slump in February-March 2018

CPI and Khachapuri Index Slump in February-March 2018

The FINANCIAL -- In March 2018, the average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri declined to 3.55 GEL, which is 3.2% lower month-on-month (that is, compared to February 2018), and 4.2% higher year-on-year (compared to March 2017). 

The monthly (negative) change in the Index follows the traditional seasonal trend for fresh milk production, which gradually starts to decline in January and February. Compared to March 2018, prices decreased for milk and all dairy products (Milk 1.3%, Cheese 5.4%, butter 0.1%) used in cooking khachapuri. In addition, the price of an egg decreased by 0.4% m/m, and the price of wheat declined by 0.1% m/m.

The Khachapuri Index estimates are very much in line with the official estimate of annual inflation by GeoStat. CPI decreased m/m by 0.4% and has gone up y/y by 2.8%. According to Geostat, in monthly terms, the prices of the subgroups milk, cheese and eggs declined by 3.1%. The price of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased by 3.9% year-on-year (which is close to the Khachapuri index estimate of 4.2%).