April 2019 CPI inflation

In April 2019, urban Consumer Price Index increased year-on-year by 0.2% lower than an increase of 1.1% recorded in March 2019. Month-to-month, urban consumer price index also increased by 0.3% in April against an increase of 1.1% in March 2019.

On annual basis, the increase came from the rise in prices of Alcoholic beverages tobacco and narcotics (+5.5%), Clothing and footwear (+4.1%), Furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance (+3.9%) and transport (+3.0%).

On monthly basis, the increase emanated from the rise in prices of Food and non-alcoholic beverages (+0.5%), Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (+0.6%), Clothing and footwear (+0.5%) as well as transport (+0.2%).

On locally produced goods, when compare April 2019 with the same period of the previous year consumer price index decreased by 0.4% which is lower than an increase of 0.8% of March 2019. For imported items the index increased by 2.0% in April 2019 which is slightly lower than 2.2% of March 2019. Energy price index slowed down from an increase of 0.2% in March 2019 to a decrease of 3.3% in April 2019 while prices for fresh food declined by -2.9% in April 2019 which is a further deterioration from decline of -1.6% of March 2019. Core inflation stood at 1.2% in April 2019 which is lower than 1.8% of March 2019