Inflation rate for the month of September as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 6.91 per cent compared to 6.57% in August 2021.
This was mainly driven by a rise in prices of commodities under food and non-alcoholic beverages (10.63 per cent); transport (9.21 per cent); and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (6.08 per cent) between September 2020 and September 2021.
While the price of Cabbages was up 30.8%, Spinach 21%, Sukuma Wiki 16.95% and Tomatoes 16.3%, that of sifted maize flour fell by 2.5% and while sugar declined by 1.7%.
Relative to August 2021, prices of carrots, oranges and cabbages increased in September 2021 by 3.25, 2.43 and 2.10 per cent, respectively.
Inflation also rose in September due to a spike in the price of a litre of kerosene, petrol and diesel which were up 32.9%, 27.5% and 22.1% respectively while that of LPG gas was up 20.2%, electricity increased by 9% per 200 kilowatts.
Fares on public transport climbed 1.7%.
Inflation data from CBK
According to data from the Central Bank of Kenya(CBK), fuel was up 11.1% in September, non-food non-fuel (2.7%) and food prices increased by 10.6% overall.
The CPI increased by 0.32 per cent from an index of 115.710 in August 2021 to 116.077 in September 2021. The month-to-month Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks’ Index increased by 0.11 per cent between August 2021 and September 2021.
This was mainly attributed to increased prices of some food items, which outweighed the decrease in prices of others.
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