CPI reaches 7.9% in January
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Consumer prices were 7.9% higher on average in January 2022 than a year earlier, the highest rate recorded since August 2007, according to data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).
Compared to January 2021, food prices were up by 10.1%, within which the price of edible oil by 33.4%, that of flour by 31%, margarine prices by 21.2%, the prices of bread and poultry meat by 18% each, milk product prices by 17.2%, the price of milk by 16.9%, that of cheese by 15.8%, pasta product prices by 15.1%, the price of rolls by 14.9%, that of canteen meals by 11.3%, restaurant meals prices by 11.2% and the price of sugar by 11%.
Motor fuel prices became 22.5% and the price of household repair and maintenance goods 17.1% higher.
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco prices rose by 7.7% on average, within which tobacco prices by 10%.
Consumers paid 7.9% more for consumer durables, within which 15.7% more for kitchen and other furniture, 13.9% more for living and dining room furniture, 8.8% more for television sets and 8.2% more for second-hand passenger cars.
Services charges were up by 5.2%, within which the repair and maintenance of dwellings cost 16.3% and the repair and maintenance of vehicles 10.7% more for consumers.
Consumer prices rise 1.4% compared to December
Compared to December 2021, consumer prices increased by 1.4% on average. Food became 3%, within which edible oil 8.6%, flour 7.9%, seasonal food items (potatoes, fresh vegetables and fresh domestic and tropical fruits altogether) 6.9%, coffee 6.5%, cheese 5.8%, poultry meat 5%, pasta products 4.4%, milk 3.6%, rolls 3.5%, and sugar 3.4% more expensive.
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco prices were up by 1.2%, within which the price of alcoholic beverages by 2.3%.
Consumer durables became 1%, within which second-hand passenger cars 1.6% and new ones 1.3% more expensive.
The price of motor fuels rose by 1.1%. Consumers paid 0.7% more for services, within which the charges for the repair and maintenance of dwellings increased by 3.3%, and motorway tolls and the charges for renting a car and parking by 2.8% – as an effect of a rise in motorway tolls. Clothing and footwear cost 1.7% less for consumers due to the end-of-season sale.
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