The country’s inflation rate has risen to 11.44 percent as at December 2018, according to the latest report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), released on Wednesday.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation, showed that the increase is 0.16 percent points higher than the rate recorded in November 2018. The nation recorded 11.28 per cent inflation rate in November 2018.
In its CPI and Inflation report released Wednesday, the NBS said increases were recorded in all the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP) divisions that yielded the Headline index.
COICOP refers to On month-on-month basis, the Headline index increased by 0.74 percent in December 2018, up by 0.06 percent points from the rate recorded in November 2018 (0.80) percent.
The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the twelve months period ending December 2018 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve months period was 12.10 percent, showing 0.31 percent point from 12.41 percent recorded in November 2018.
NBS also revealed that urban inflation rate increased by 11.73 percent (year-on-year) in December 2018 from 11.61 percent recorded in November 2018, while the rural inflation rate increased by 11.18 percent in December 2018 from 10.99 percent in November 2018.
On a month-on-month basis, the urban index rose by 0.76 percent in December 2018, down by 0.07 from 0.83 percent recorded in November 2018, while the rural index also rose by 0.72 percent in December 2018, down by 0.06 percent from the rate recorded in November 2018 (0.78) percent.