Inflation, as measured by the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) compiled by the Department of Census and Statistics, increased to 4.3 per cent in April 2016 from 2.2 per cent in March 2016, on year-on-year basis, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said last week.

Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages; Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco; Clothing and Footwear; Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance; Health; Transport; Recreation and Culture; Education; Restaurants and Hotels and Miscellaneous Goods and Services sub categories contributed towards the year-on-year inflation in April.

The change in the NCPI measured on an annual average basis increased to 2.6 per cent in April 2016 from 2.4 per cent recorded in March 2016.

The Statistics Department of the Central Bank however said the change in NCPI in April does not include the direct impact of recent changes in Value Added Tax (VAT) and Nation Building Tax (NBT), which were effected from May 2016.