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Consumer Affairs Commission says textbook prices increased by 2%

by August 23rd, 2018

Parents purchasing textbooks this weekend will have to pay more, as there has been a 2% increase in average text book prices, island-wide.

 

The Consumer Affairs Commission, CAC, says the average increase, is about 2% for all the books surveyed.

 

Between July 23 and 27, the CAC surveyed 90 bookstores, island-wide.

 

Twenty-six of the stores surveyed, are located in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, and the remaining 64 are located in urban and rural towns of the other parishes.

 

According to the CAC, the cost of infant school texts went up by approximately 5%, while primary texts, saw an average increase of about 4%.

 

For high schools, books used by grades seven to nine, saw an average increase of 4%.

 

Books at the CSEC/CAPE level, had the smallest increase, going-up by about 1%.

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