The Inflation Rate was 4.6% in December 2013. Month-on-month food and gasoline prices increased by 0.2%. Food purchasing power of households increased in rural and urban areas by 10.2% and 3.7% respectively on a month-on-month basis. Retail price of low quality rice in rural and urban areas decreased by 3.3% and 2.2% respectively, on a month-on-month basis. The wholesale price of mixed rice increased by 5.9% month-on-month and decreased by 1.8% on a year-on-year basis.