Kenya: Inflation edges down in October from September's 11-month high
October 31, 2018
Consumer prices fell 0.79% over the previous month in October, contrasting a 1.02% month-on-month increase in September. Nine out of the 12 sub-components saw rise in prices, two recorded lower prices, while the remaining one came in flat. The downturn was spearheaded by a decline in the prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, although partially offset by a sharp rise in communication costs. Meanwhile, prices for education remained stable from the previous month.
Inflation edged down to 5.5% in October from September’s 11-month high of 5.7%. Although moderating from the previous month, inflation was kept elevated by a steep rise in fuel and transport costs. Nonetheless, it remained within the Central Bank’s medium-term target range of 2.5%–7.5%. Meanwhile, annual average inflation in October remained at September’s 4.5%.
Author: Nihad Ahmed, Economist