Inflation Rate Drops For Fifth Consecutive Month

 Inflation Rate Drops For Fifth Consecutive Month

The National Bureau of Statistics revealed that the Consumer Price Index which measures inflation rate fell to 17.01 percent in August.

According to the latest CPI report, this rate is 0.37 percent points lower than the 17.38 percent recorded in July this year.

This, according to the report, is the fifth consecutive month that the country’s inflation rate will be trending downward since March this year when the inflation stood at 18.17 percent.

Inflation dropped from 18.17 per cent in March to 18.12 per cent in April before dropping further to 17.93 per cent, 17.75 per cent and 17.38 per cent in the months of May, June and July respectively.

NBS said that on a month-on-month basis, the Headline index increased by 1.02 percent in August 2021.

It added that this is 0.09 percent rate higher than the 0.93 per cent recorded in July 2021.

“The consumer price index, which measures inflation, increased by 17.01 percent (year-on-year) in August 2021.

“This is 0.37 percent points lower than the rate recorded in July 2021 (17.38) percent.

“The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the twelve months period ending August 2021 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve months period was 16.60 percent, showing 0.30 percent point from 16.30 percent recorded in July 2021″, the report said.

According to the NBS, the urban inflation rate increased by 17.59 per cent (year-on-year) in August 2021 from the 18.01 per cent recorded in July 2021.

Also, the rural inflation rate also rose by 16.43 per cent in August 2021 from 16.75 per cent in July 2021.

On a month-on-month basis, it said that the urban index rose by 1.06 per cent in August 2021, representing 0.08 percent increase over the rate recorded in July 2021, while the rural index also rose by 0.99 per cent in August 2021.

“The corresponding twelve-month year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index is 17.19 percent in August 2021.

“This is higher than 16.89 percent reported in July 2021, while the corresponding rural inflation rate in August 2021 is 16.03 percent compared to 15.73 percent recorded in July 2021,” the report added.

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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