Kenya’s Inflation up 5.82% as Food Costs Jump in December

Kenya Inflation Hits 7-month High at 5.46%

A fruit seller in one of Kenya's informal markets

Kenya’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose for the third month in a row in December to 5.82% its highest level since July according to the statistics body.

According to data supplied by the Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the inflation level was spurred mainly by food inflation namely vegetables such as beans, maize flour, tomatoes, and onions.

According to KNBS data, the food and non-alcoholic drinks’ index increased by 1.46 percent from November to December.

Food prices up

“The increase was mainly due to rise in prices of some foodstuffs outweighing decrease recorded in others. High prices of vegetables was recorded despite the ongoing heavy rains,” the statement said.

The price of beans has risen by 16.03 percent, maize flour (52.26), tomatoes (36.29), Milk (5.24) and Onions (14.02).

Prices for some other food, like milk and mangoes, however, dropped during the month, the statement said.

On a monthly basis, consumer prices inched up 0.90%, after increasing 0.40 percent in November.

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“However, the coast of electricity dropped slightly compared to the previous month,” KNBS said.

The rate has remained with the 2.5% – 7.5%, target range. 

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