Kenya Inflation Rate at Near 1-1/2-Year Low of 3.83%


The annual inflation rate in Kenya declined to 3.83 percent in September 2019, its lowest since April last year, from 5.0 percent in the previous month. Prices slowed mostly for transport.

Year-on-year, prices slowed mainly for transport (1.91 percent vs 9.53 percent in August), driven by diesel (-4.65 percent vs -2.16 percent) and petrol (-3.38 percent vs -1.13 percent); food & non-alcoholic beverages (6.31 percent vs 7.13 percent), namely tomatoes (22.51 percent vs 23.72 percent) and carrots (10.17 percent vs 18.47 percent); and housing & utilities (0.99 percent vs 1.39 percent), of which electricity 200 KWh (7.87 percent vs 8.74 percent) and electricity 50 KWh (-21.61 percent vs -20.72 percent). Cost also increased at a softer pace for clothing & footwear (1.57 percent vs 1.79 percent); furnishings & household equipment (1.55 percent vs 1.82 percent); restaurants & hotels (2.13 percent vs 2.27 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (2.35 percent vs 2.52 percent); health (1.35 percent vs 1.58 percent); recreation & culture (0.38 percent vs 0.46 percent) and alcoholic beverages & tobacco (6.21 percent vs 6.73 percent).

In contrast, prices rose slightly faster for communication (4.46 percent vs 4.44 percent) and education (1.58 percent vs 1.52 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices went down 0.11 percent, after decreasing 0.90 percent in the previous month. Prices decreased much less for food & non-alcoholic beverages (-0.40 percent vs -1.89 percent) and cost rebounded for housing & utilities (0.07 percent vs -0.10 percent) and transport (0.48 percent vs -0.03 percent).

Kenya Inflation Rate at Near 1-1/2-Year Low of 3.83%


Kenya National Bureau of Statistics | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
9/30/2019 3:52:40 PM