CPI up by 5.1% y.o.y. in May


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Consumer prices were 5.1% higher on average in May 2021 than a year earlier, according to data by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

Significant price rises were measured over the last 12 months for alcoholic beverages and tobacco as well as motor fuels.

Compared to May 2020, food prices were up by 2.6%, within which the price of edible oil by 24.6%, that of eggs by 8.7%, margarine and pasta product prices by 7% each, the price of meals at canteens by 6.6%, that of flour by 6.3%, fruit and vegetable juice prices by 6.2% and the price of rice by 6.1%. A price decrease of 7.5% was recorded for pork. 

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco prices grew by 12.2% y.o.y. on average, within which tobacco prices by 19.8%. Consumers paid 3.5% more for consumer durables, within which new passenger cars cost 9.2% and living and dining room furniture 6.7% more for consumers. Motor fuel prices became 36.2% higher.

Consumer prices rise 0.5% compared to April

Compared to April 2021, consumer prices increased by 0.5% on average. Food became 0.8% more expensive, within which seasonal food items (potatoes, fresh vegetables and fresh domestic and tropical fruits altogether) cost 3.8%, meals at restaurants 1.9%, poultry meat 1.4%, cheese 1.2% and eggs 1.1% more, while pork 0.9% and flour 0.7% less for consumers. Consumers paid 0.9% more for clothing and footwear and 0.7% more for consumer durables. Motor fuel prices went up by 1.7%.

In January–May 2021, consumer prices rose by 3.9% for all households on average and by 3.6% among pensioner households compared to the first five months of 2020.


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