NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s overall monthly inflation
increased sharply to 9.04 percent in February from 6.99
percent in January driven by increase in the cost of
food due to prevailing drought conditions, the
statistics bureau said on Tuesday.
National Bureau of Statistics said the Consumer Price
Index (CPI) computed using the geometric mean approach
increased from 176.93 in January to 179.88 in February.
January and February, Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas
and Other Fuels’ Index, increased by 0.40 percent,” the
bureau said in a statement released in Nairobi.
mainly due to increases in cost of electricity, kerosene
and house rents which outweighed price decrease in the
cost of cooking gas,” it added.
the bureau, Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks’ Index
increased by 3.28 percent mainly attribute to increases
in prices of kales, maize flour, milk, cabbages,
spinach, potatoes and maize grain among others.
partly contributed by prevailing drought conditions. The
year on year food inflation stood at 16.50 percent in
February,” it said.
Transport Index rose by 0.74 percent in February
compared to January mainly on account of increases in
the pump prices of petrol and diesel,” the bureau said.
were obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data
collection zones located in Nairobi and 13 other urban