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February 2018

The year on year headline inflation for the month of March 2013 stands at 36.4 percent a decline of 1.5 percentage points on the month before . The urban and rural rates stand at 39.8 percent and 31.8 percent respectively.
Food inflation has started to decline owing mainly to the availability of cereals in some parts of the country. Non-food inflation has gone up due to the upward adjustment in the price of gasoline and its derivatives. However its impact on overall inflation has largely been offset by the decline in food inflation.

The National Statistical Office will continue to release month on month CPI and inflation rates in line with best practices within the SADC region.  

The National month on month Inflation rate for February, 2018 stands at 2.1 percent compared to 4.5 percent in January, 2018. Food inflation is at 2.4 percent compared to 8.4 percent recorded in January, 2018 while Non Food Inflation is 1.9 percent compared to 1.4 percent in January, 2018.  

The urban month on month inflation rate records 1.1 percent. Urban Food and Non food inflation rates stand at 0.2 and 1.6 percent respectively.

The rural month on month inflation rate registers 3.0 percent. Rural Food and Non food inflation rates stand at 3.6 and 2.3 percent respectively.

The headline inflation rate (year on year) for February 2018 stands at 7.8 percent. Food and Non Food Inflation stand at 7.3 and 9.4 percent respectively.  

Note that this is a new series based on revised weights from the 2016/2017 Integrated Household Survey. It is therefore not comparable to the previous series (2012=100).


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