On the year-on-year basis, the inflation rate decreased to 10.9 percent in January of 2013 from 12.1 percent recorded in December of 2012. The rate of price increase for commodities in January of 2013 has fallen, when compared to the speed recorded in December of 2012.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages prices fell to 11.9 percent in January from 13.1 percent recorded in December. Non-food prices have decreased to 9.3 percent in January of 2013 from 10.3 percent recorded in December of 2012.
On the month-over-month basis, the CPI in January only rose 1.3 percent when compared with 1.9 percent recorded in December. This is mainly due to an increase in the prices of both food and non-food items. Food items that contributed to such behavior include: rice by 2.7 percent, maize grains by 4.5 percent, maize flour by 12.7 percent, finger millet by 5.3 percent, fried fish by 6.1 percent, fruits by 4.0 percent, root crops by 7.4 percent and vegetables by 4.6%. Non-food items include garments for men by 1.0 percent, cleaning products by 1.4 percent, school fees by 1.5 percent and hair dressing by 1.5 percent.