Inflation rate down to 18.12% in April

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Nigeria’s consumer price index, which measures the rate of change in the price of goods and services, dropped to 18.12 percent in April from 18.17 in March.

The last time  the figure had dropped was in 2019 when it slowed from 11.08 percent in July to 11.02 in August.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced this on Monday in its April consumer price index/inflation report. This was as food inflation also reduced to 22.75 percent in April from 22.95 per cent in March.

According to the NBS, “The urban inflation rate increased by 18.68 percent (year-on-year) in April 2021, down 0.61, the rate recorded in March 2021(1.60), while the rural index equally rose by 0.95 percent in August, down 0.57, the rate recorded in March 2021 (1.52 percent),” the report said.

“The rise in food index was caused by increase in prices of Coffee, tea, coca, Bread and cereals, soft drinks, milk, cheese and eggs. Vegetables, Meat, oils and Fish and potato, yam and other tubers.

“On a month-on-month basis, the food sub index increased by 0.99 percent in April 2021, down by 0.91 percent points from 1.90 percent recorded in March 2021.”

The report noted that food inflation on a year-on-year basis in April was highest in Kogi at (30.52 percent), Ebonyi (28.07 percent), Sokoto (26.09percent), while Abuja (18.63 percent), Akwa-Ibom(18.51 percent), and Bauch (17.64 percent) recorded the slowest rise in year-on-year inflation.

SOURCE: THE SUN

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