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Nigeria’s inflation rate hits 13.7 per cent, highest in 30 months – NBS

Nigeria’s inflation rate rose to 13.7 per cent in September, hitting its highest level since its 13.34 per cent rate recorded in March 2018, Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in its Consumer Price Index report for September released on Thursday.

According to the report, “the consumer price index which measures inflation increased by 13.71 per cent (year-on-year) in September 2020. This is 0.49 per cent points higher than the rate recorded in August 2020 (13.22) per cent.”

The reports also said that increases were recorded in all COICOP divisions that yielded the headline index. For example, on a month-on-month basis, the headline index increased by 1.48 per cent in September 2020.

This is 0.14 per cent rate higher than the rate recorded in August 2020 (1.34) per cent.

The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the twelve months period ending September 2020 over the average of the CPI for the previous 12 months period was 12.44 per cent, showing 0.21 per cent point from 12.23 per cent recorded in August 2020.

The NBS also noted that the urban inflation rate increased by 14.31 per cent (year-on-year) in September 2020 from 13.83 per cent recorded in August 2020, while the rural inflation rate increased by 13.14 per cent in September 2020 from 12.65 percent in August 2020.

On a month-on-month basis, the urban index rose by 1.56 per cent in September 2020, up by 0.14 from 1.42 per cent recorded in August 2020, while the rural index also rose by 1.40 per cent in September 2020, up by 0.13 from the rate recorded in August 2020 (1.27 per cent).

The corresponding 12-month year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index is 13.07 per cent in September 2020.

This was higher than 12.85 per cent reported in August 2020, while the corresponding rural inflation rate in September 2020 is 11.86 per cent compared to 11.66 per cent recorded in August 2020.

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