Kenya's overall inflation rate slows down to 6.84 percent in February
29 February 2016, 23:02
Nairobi - Kenya's overall monthly
inflation declined marginally to 6.84 percent in February from 7.78 percent in
January, driven by decreases in food prices, the statistics bureau said on
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics said the Consumer
Price Index (CPI) computed using the geometric mean approach increased by 0.42
percent from 165.37 in January to 164.37 in February.
"Between January and February, Food and Non-Alcoholic
Drinks' Index decreased by 0.43 percent. This resulted from notable decreases
in prices of key food items which slightly outweighed the increases," the
bureau said in a statement.
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The bureau said Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco and Narcotics
index continued to remain higher than in the same month of 2015 mainly due to
higher Excise duty levied on beer, cigarettes and other products within the
division as from December 2015.
Over the same review period, Housing, Water, Electricity,
Gas and Other Fuels' index increased by 1.81 percent.
"The main contributors to the decline were decreases in
prices of kerosene and cooking gas. However, electricity costs remained the
same as in January," the statement said.
The Transport Index decreased by 1.62 percent in February
compared to the previous month, mainly due to reduced cost of petrol and
The prices were obtained from selected retail outlets in 25
data collection zones located in Nairobi and 13 other urban centres.