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Consumer prices up 8.5% y.o.y. in March

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Consumer prices were 8.5% higher on average in March 2022 than a year earlier, marking the highest rate of increase since June 2007, according to data published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

A price increase of 13% was recorded for food, within which 33.6% for margarine, 27.9% for bread, 21.8% for cheese, 21.4% for poultry meat, 18.7% for rolls, 18.2% for milk products, 17.9% for seasonal food items (potatoes, fresh vegetables, and fresh domestic and tropical fruits altogether), 14.2% for buffet products, 3.8% for salami, sausages and ham, 3.5% for pork and 3.3% for sugar.

The price of household repair and maintenance goods became 20.8% and motor fuel prices 11.4% higher. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco prices rose by 7% on average, within which tobacco prices by 7.7%.

Consumers paid 9.5% more for consumer durables,within which 16.1% more for kitchen and other furniture, 15.1% more for living and dining room furniture, 12.3% more for second-hand passenger cars, 10.3% more for television sets and 8.6% more for new passenger cars. 

Services charges were up by 6%, within which the repair and maintenance of dwellings cost 18.7% and the repair and maintenance of vehicles 13% more, and telephone and internet subscriptions 1.5% less for consumers.

Consumer prices up 1% in a month

Compared to February 2022, consumer prices increased by 1% on average. 

Food became 2%, within which margarine 7.5%, seasonal food items 5.5%, poultry meat 3.3%, cheese 3.2%, bread 3%, milk products 2.7% and pork 2.6% more expensive, and chocolate and cocoa 1.1% and sugar 0.4% cheaper.

A price increase of 1% was measured for consumer durables, within which 2.1% for new passenger cars and 1.3% for second-hand ones.

The price of household repair and maintenance goods rose by 2.3%. 

Services became 0.6% more expensive, within which 2.7% more was paid for recreation in the country and 2.1% more for the repair and maintenance of dwellings, and 0.5% less for telephone and internet subscriptions.

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