Consumer prices up 3.7% y.o.y. in March


Consumer prices were 3.7% higher on average in March 2021 than a year earlier, according to data published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

The statistical agency noted that significant price rises were measured over the last 12 months for alcoholic beverages and tobacco as well as motor fuels.

Food prices were up by 2.7% compared to March 2020. The price of edible oil rose by 21.3%, that of flour by 8.2%, sugar prices by 7.6%, rice prices by 6.8%, the price of meals at canteens by 6.6%, and egg prices by 6.4%. A price decrease of 7.8% was recorded for pork while cheese prices fell by 1.9%. 

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco became an average 10.3%, within which tobacco 17.5% more expensive. Consumers paid 3.6% more for consumer durables, within which new passenger cars cost 11.4% and living and dining room furniture 5.4% more for consumers. Motor fuel prices became 17.7% higher.

In January-March 2021, consumer prices went up by 3.2% year-on-year for all households on average. Among pensioner households, prices rose by 3.1% compared to the same period of the previous year.

Prices up 0.7% month-on-month

Consumer prices increased by 0.7% on average compíred to February 2021. Food became 0.4% more expensive, within which eggs cost 2.7%, edible oil 1.6% and poultry meat 1.4% more, while pasta products 1.3% and salami, sausages and ham 1.1% less for consumers. 

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco prices went up by 1.3% on average, within which tobacco prices by 2.1%. Motor fuel prices became 6.6% higher.



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