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St Helena : St Helena: QUARTERLY STATISTICAL NEWS BULLETIN
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 24.08.2013 (Article Archived on 07.09.2013)

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin, published August 2013, covers the period April - June 2013 and contains updates for the annual rate of inflation of the Retail Price Index, Estimated Population, Visitor arrivals, Building and Rainfall statistics and a summary of other high-level economic information on St Helena.







QUARTERLY
STATISTICAL NEWS BULLETIN









 AUGUST 2013



 



The Quarterly Statistical News
Bulletin, published August 2013, covers the period April - June 2013 and
contains updates for the annual rate of inflation of the Retail Price Index,
Estimated Population, Visitor arrivals, Building and Rainfall statistics and a
summary of other high-level economic information on St Helena.



 



Annual inflation of the St Helena
Retail Price Index (RPI) stood at 0.8 per cent in Q2 2013 - the lowest record
in over ten years. There was a 0.3 per cent decrease in the RPI (the overall
cost of the ‘St Helena Shopping Basket’) from Quarter 1 to Quarter 2, 2013.



 



The fall in both the RPI and
annual inflation of the RPI is due to a combination of:



 



Reduction
in price of expensive occasional purchase items, such as a vehicle and white
goods



Smaller
price decreases in more regular purchases such as fuel, internet services and
building materials



Delay in
the expected annual increment of utility bills, meaning last year’s price
increases no longer features in our calculation of annual inflation of the RPI



 



Despite the noted decreases,
important price rises are also noted, particularly in the cost of Services -
namely childcare, hospital stay and domestic services. Increased labour costs
within the construction industry are also noted. These rises are primarily due
to increased staffing costs following the welcome introduction of a Minimum
Wage on St Helena on 1 June 2013.



 



The St Helena resident population
continues to grow. There is a temporary long-term increase as a result of
increasing numbers of Basil Read and expatriate Government workers living on
the Island for a period of six months or longer. We are also seeing a steady
trickle of Saints returning to live and work on the Island.



 



Visitor arrivals in the first six
months of 2013 are up the same period last year. The majority of arrivals on
the RMS are Saints and Business visitors. Tourist arrivals are up by 5.5%
compared to the same period in 2012.



 



The Statistical News Bulletin, along
with other statistical reports, is available for download from the SHG website
www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics



 



If you have requested a copy of
the Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin via email and have not yet received it,
please contact the office on 2138 or
statistics@sainthelena.gov.sh



Statistics Office



SHG



19 August 2013



 

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