Botswana's annual inflation went up to 2.4 percent in February of 2021 from 2.3 percent in the previous month. It was the highest inflation rate since May, mainly driven by prices of housing & utilities (7.2 percent vs 7 percent in January); food and non-alcoholic beverages (3.7 percent vs 3.4 percent); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (6.5 percent, the same pace as in January); and clothing and footwear (2.8 percent vs 2.7 percent). On a monthly basis, consumer prices were up 0.3 percent, after increasing 0.5 percent in the previous month. source: Central Statistics Office, Botswana

Inflation Rate in Botswana averaged 6.66 percent from 1997 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 15.06 percent in November of 2008 and a record low of 0.90 percent in June of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - Botswana Inflation Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Botswana Inflation Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2021.

Inflation Rate in Botswana is expected to be 2.20 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in Botswana to stand at 2.80 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Botswana Inflation Rate is projected to trend around 3.40 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Botswana Inflation Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.40 2.30 15.06 0.90 1997 - 2021 percent Monthly
2018=100, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-12-15 01:45 PM Nov 2.2% 2.2% 2%
2021-01-14 01:25 PM Dec 2.2% 2.2% 2.3%
2021-02-15 10:20 AM Jan 2.3% 2.2% 2.2%
2021-03-15 08:00 AM Feb 2.4% 2.3% 2.3%
2021-04-15 12:00 PM Mar 2.4% 2.3%
2021-05-14 04:00 PM Apr
2021-06-15 01:30 PM May
2021-07-15 03:00 PM Jun


News Stream
Botswana Inflation Rate Up to 2.4%
Botswana's annual inflation went up to 2.4 percent in February of 2021 from 2.3 percent in the previous month. It was the highest inflation rate since May, mainly driven by prices of housing & utilities (7.2 percent vs 7 percent in January); food and non-alcoholic beverages (3.7 percent vs 3.4 percent); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (6.5 percent, the same pace as in January); and clothing and footwear (2.8 percent vs 2.7 percent). On a monthly basis, consumer prices were up 0.3 percent, after increasing 0.5 percent in the previous month.
2021-03-15
Botswana January Inflation Rate at 8-Month High
Botswana's annual inflation ticked up to 2.3 percent in January of 2021 from 2.2 percent in the previous month. It was the highest inflation rate since May, mainly driven by prices of housing & utilities (7 percent vs 6.9 percent in December) and alcoholic beverages & tobacco (6.5 percent, the same pace as in December). Prices also advanced faster for health (2.2 percent vs 1.6 percent); recreation & culture (1.3 percent vs 0.9 percent) and miscellaneous goods & services (1.3 percent vs 1 percent). On a monthly basis, consumer prices were up 0.5 percent, after increasing 0.1 percent in the previous month.
2021-02-16
Botswana Inflation Rate Steady at 6-Month High of 2.2%
Botswana's annual inflation stood for the third consecutive month at 2.2 percent in December of 2020, its highest level since May. Upward pressure came from prices of alcoholic beverages & tobacco (6.5 percent vs 6.6 percent in November); housing & utilities (6.9 percent vs 6.8 percent); clothing & footwear (2.8 percent vs 2.6 percent); health (1.6 percent vs 1.5 percent) and recreation & culture (0.9 percent vs 0.5 percent). On the other hand, food inflation eased (3.6 percent vs 4.3 percent) while cost fell for transport (-2.5 percent vs -2.6 percent). On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.1 percent, the same pace as in the previous month.
2021-01-24
Botswana October Inflation Rate at 6-Month High of 2.2%
The annual inflation rate in Botswana rose to 2.2 percent in October of 2020 from 1.8 percent in September, reaching its highest level in six months. Main upward pressure came from prices of food & non-alcoholic beverages (4.3 percent vs 4.2 percent in September) and housing & utilities (6.6 percent vs 6.4 percent), of which electricity, gas & other fuels (20.4 percent). Additionally, transport cost decreased at a softer pace (-2.5 percent vs -3.9 percent). On a monthly basis, consumer prices were up 0.5 percent, following a 0.8 percent increase in the previous month.
2020-11-13

Botswana Inflation Rate
In Botswana the most important category in the Consumer Price Index is transports (20.65 percent of total weight). Food and non-alcoholic beverages accounts for 16.51 percent; housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels for 14.9 percent and miscellaneous goods and services for 10.55 percent. Consumer Price Index in Botswana also includes alcoholic beverages and tobacco (7.83 percent); clothing and footwear (6.27 percent). Furnishings, household equipment and maintenance; education ; restaurants and hotels; communication and health account for the remaining 23.9 percent of total weight.