27 Jul 2012

Rise in American Samoa's cost of living

7:04 pm on 27 July 2012

The cost of living in American Samoa rose in the second quarter of this year, with a 10 percent jump in housing costs and an almost seven percent lift in food prices.

The annual inflation rate for the quarter was four point eight percent.

All items on the consumer price index except for alcoholic drinks recorded increases.

The increase in the housing group was three percent higher than in the first quarter and is attributed to higher prices for building materials, housing repairs and appliances.

The food category was up two point two percent on the previous quarter due to the high costs of meats, canned mackeral and other basic food items.

The recreation category also recorded a four point six percent increase.

Alcoholic beverages dropped four point two percent, reflecting decreases in the price of beer and rum.