Inflation rises marginally to 6.02pc

July 31, 2013
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The food and non-alcoholic drinks' index decreased by 0.10 percent mainly due to collective falls that overshadowed rises in the average prices of food items/FILE
The food and non-alcoholic drinks’ index decreased by 0.10 percent mainly due to collective falls that overshadowed rises in the average prices of food items/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 31 – The inflation rate has gone up marginally by 1.11 percent to 6.02 percent in July, according to the latest data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).

The food and non-alcoholic drinks’ index decreased by 0.10 percent mainly due to collective falls that overshadowed rises in the average prices of food items.

The price of a kilo of cabbage rose the highest by 5.39 percent from Sh58.25 in June to Sh61.39 in July.

A 500 millilitres packet of milk rose by 4.24 percent to Sh38.88 from last month’s Sh37.29.

The statistics released on Wednesday indicate that a kilo of beef, with bones has gone up by 0.92 percent to Sh342.87 compared to Sh339.74 in June while a kilo of Kale (sukuma wiki) rose by 2.23 percent to Sh45.05 in July from Sh44.06 in June.

However a kilo of tomato decreased by 7.09 percent to Sh91.17 compared to Sh98.13 in June while sugar decreased by 1.47 percent to Sh121.22 compared to Sh123.03 in June 2013.

A kilo of maize flour also decreased by 1.85 percent to Sh108.09 in July from Sh110.14 in June 2013 as well as a kilo of Irish Potatoes dropping by 2.02 percent to Sh59.73 from last month’s Sh60.96.

Housing, water, electricity, gas and fuel index went up by 0.13 percent between June and July, mainly due to the increase in house rent and charcoal.

The transport index increased by 0.98 percent over the period under review due to the increases of pump prices of petrol and diesel while health index rose by 0.95 percent due to increase in doctors charges and some medicine.

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