Dili CPI

The December CPI figures have been released. They show Dili having 8.6% growth in the CPI index in 2007.

Timor-Leste CPI 12 months to end of December 2007 TL Dili
Food 11.0% 9.5%
Alcohol and tobacco 5.4% 4.3%
Clothing and footwear 6.3% 15.9%
Housing 2.7% 6.5%
Household furnishings, supplies and services -0.3% 0.8%
Health 3.7% 11.5%
Recreation and education -2.9% 0.1%
Transport and communication 3.8% 6.2%
All groups 7.6% 8.6%
All groups excluding Housing 8.2% 8.8%

It is hard to come up with sufficient anecdotal evidence to comment on much of it but food seems to be more expensive.  I would have thought the expat housing growth rate to be much higher than 6.5%.  This is based on what I have heard recently on rent increases.  I wonder how many people have been covered by 8.6% rises in income ?