In September 2013, the retail price of wheat flour in both urban and rural areas decreased 1% on a month-on-month basis. Despite a significant increase in the domestic harvest, the retail price of wheat flour decreased marginally and the national average price remained 30% higher than in June 2012 in both rural and urban areas. High prices of wheat in the international market and Kazakhstan are considered as potential factors that contributed to high domestic prices.
National average prices of fuel (petrol 92) continued increasing for a second consecutive month in August with an additional 3% rise on a month-on-month basis. Diesel prices followed the same pattern for a second month with a 1% monthly increase. This might affect the prices of basic commodities, especially in remote rural markets.