While the overall cost of living in Qatar rose marginally from July to August, figures show it is definitely more expensive to live here now than it was a year ago.
The biggest increases from last August to last month were in the entertainment and furniture/home appliance categories, which both saw 7 percent jumps, according to the Qatar Statistics Authority’s Consumer Price Index.
Mirroring a global trend, food costs also rose some 5 percent from last year, while transportation prices increased 3 percent.
The only category that showed a significant drop from last year was rent/fuel, which fell 3.3 percent.
After eliminating the effect of rent, the overall index reached 124.3, showing an increase of 0.3 percent compared to the CPI of July 2012, and an increase of 4.3 percent when compared to the month of August 2011.
Have you noticed prices rising of late?
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