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The cost of living index rose in April by 10.2 percent, the second highest ever monthly leap. The government had warned of a high jump for April, but even Finance Minister Yigael Hurwitz could not conceal his disappointment that the figure was as high as it was.

Most prominent among items whose prices soared were clothes, fruit and vegetables. Home prices also went up on estimated 8 to 10 percent.