PRICES AND INTERNAL TRADE  
       
    This chapter includes the index  
  numbers of wholesale & retail trade  
  items , the average retail prices of  
  the main household commodities and  
  services distributed by mohafazat &  
  the activities of internal and  
  external trade establishments relating  
  to public sector . .  
  The following methods were adopt-  
  ed in computing the indices : :  
  1 - Wholesale prices : : 1 -
  index number was calculated accord-  
  ing to : :  
  a - Paasches formula whereas prices -
  weighted by quantum offered at  
  wholesale market annually . .  
  b - Laspeyres formula whereas prices
  weighted by base year quantum , 2000 .  
  was considered the base year . 2000 .  
  2 - Retail price index 2-
  2 - Retail price index The central Bureau of Statistics  
  observed developing the coverage of  
  retail price indices so as all  
  Mohafazat of the country are covered  
  according to priority of expenditure  
  of the main household comomodities  
  and services .  
  A specialized technical committee  
  from the CBS staff and university  
  teachers have contributed in computa-  
  tion of the retail price indices by  
  adopting a related scientific  
  methodology . The retail price  
  indices are computed for the whole  
  country . They maintain the relative  
  importance of axpenditure by .  
  Mohafazat and according to rural &  
  urban areas , Thus the retail price  
  indices for the whole country , dur-  
  ing 1999 - 2003 , are herein present - 1999 - 2003  
  ed . The 2000 was considered the base 2000  
  year while the weights of expen -  
  ditures are drawn from the 1996 / 97  
  household & expenditure survey , a 1996 / 1997  
  process which has been conducted 1-
  according to three steps : :  
  1 - Weights of expenditures in every 2-
  1 - Weights of expenditures in every Mohafaza . .  
  2 - Weights of expenditures in every  
  2 - Weights of expenditures in every Mohafaza as percentage to total 3-
  expenditure . .  
  3 - Weights of expenditures for the  
  country according to the four  
  cycles of the houshold and expen- .  
  diture survey by using the  
  relatives of current prices per  
  month by the base year prices  
  per month in every Mohafaza . The .  
  indices covered 211 item of goods  
  and services that are distributed  
  among the main expenditure ) (211  
  items . .