The annual inflation rate in Kenya rose to 5.82 percent in December 2019, its highest level since July, from 5.56 percent in the previous month. Main upward pressure came from prices of food (10.02% vs 9.58% in November), namely vegetables such as beans, maize flour, tomatoes and onions, amid higher demand during the festive season. Cost also advanced faster for transport (2.74% vs 1.98%) and clothing & footwear (1.52% vs 1.47%). Meanwhile, inflation softened for housing & utilities (2.40% vs 2.47%); furnishings (1.24% vs 1.33%); restaurants & hotels (2.12% vs 2.38%); miscellaneous goods & services (1.67% vs 1.88%); health (1.20% vs 1.30%); education (1.38% vs 1.44%); recreation & culture (0.23% vs 0.31%) and alcoholic beverages & tobacco (7.37% vs 7.53%). On a monthly basis, consumer prices inched up 0.90 percent, after increasing 0.40 percent in the prior month. Inflation Rate in Kenya averaged 9.40 percent from 2005 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 31.50 percent in May of 2008 and a record low of 3.18 percent in October of 2010. source: Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

Inflation Rate in Kenya is expected to be 6.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in Kenya to stand at 4.60 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Kenya Inflation Rate is projected to trend around 6.00 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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Kenya Inflation Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.82 5.56 31.50 3.18 2005 - 2019 percent Monthly
2009M2=100, NSA



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-09-30 10:00 AM Sep 3.83% 5% 6.4%
2019-10-31 09:25 AM Oct 4.95% 3.83% 3.6%
2019-11-29 09:00 AM Nov 5.56% 4.95% 6.2%
2019-12-31 10:50 AM Dec 5.82% 5.56% 6.5%
2020-01-31 09:00 AM Jan 5.82% 5.1%


News Stream
2019-11-29
Kenya Inflation Rate at 4-Month High of 5.56%
The annual inflation rate in Kenya rose to 5.56 percent in November 2019 from 4.95 percent in the previous month. It was the highest inflation rate since July, as prices of food continued to climb (9.58 percent vs 8.74 percent in October). On a monthly basis, consumer prices inched up 0.40 percent, the most since April, after increasing 0.28 percent in the prior month.

2019-10-31
Kenya Inflation Rate Inches Up to 4.95%
The annual inflation rate in Kenya rose to 4.95 percent in October 2019 from 3.83 percent in the previous month. Prices increased faster primarily for food and alcoholic beverages, tobacco & narcotics, largely due to recent tax revisions. On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.28 percent, after decreasing 0.11 percent in the previous month.

2019-09-30
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.

2019-08-30
Kenya Inflation Rate Falls to 5-Month Low of 5%
The annual inflation rate in Kenya decreased to 5.0 percent in August 2019 from 6.3 percent in the previous month. This is the softest inflation rate since March, mainly reflecting weaker food price growth.

2019-07-31
Kenya Inflation Rate Rises to 3-Month High of 6.27%
Kenya’s annual inflation rate increased to 6.27 percent in July of 2019 from 5.70 percent in the previous month, below market expectations of 6.6 percent. Still, it was the highest inflation since April.

2019-06-28
Kenya Inflation Rate Rises Less than Expected
Kenya's inflation rate rose slightly to 5.70 percent year-on-year in June 2019 from 5.49 percent in the previous month, but missing market expectations of 6.40 percent. Food inflation accelerated while housing, transport and clothing prices increased at a slower pace. On a month-on-month basis, consumer prices dropped 0.69 percent, following a 0.07 decline in May.


Kenya Inflation Rate
In Kenya, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is based on expenditures of both urban and rural households. The most important categories in the CPI are Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (36 percent of total weight); Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and other Fuels (18.3 percent) and Transport (8.7 percent). Clothing and Footwear account for 7.4 percent of total index and Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance for 6.2 percent. Restaurants and Hotels represent 4.5 percent as well as Miscellaneous Goods and Services (4.5 percent). Communication accounts for 3.8 percent of total weight, Health for 3.1 percent and Education for 3.1 percent. Recreation and Culture represent 2.3 percent and Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco and Narcotics the remaining 2.1 percent.

Kenya Prices Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Inflation Rate 5.82 5.56 31.50 3.18 percent [+]
Consumer Price Index CPI 204.77 202.94 205.90 99.00 points [+]
Food Inflation 10.02 9.58 26.20 -1.15 percent [+]
Producer Prices 120.00 120.80 120.99 100.00 points [+]
Producer Prices Change -0.51 0.53 6.77 -2.76 percent [+]
Inflation Rate Mom 0.90 0.40 3.50 -1.20 percent [+]