Inflation rises to 6.6% in Wake of increased Food Prices

Rising food prices pushed Tanzania’s year-on-year inflation rate to 6.6% in November from 6.3% the previous month, the statistics office said. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said month on month inflation rose by 0.8% in November from an increase of 0.1% in October. “The increase of the inflation rate in the year to November was mainly caused by faster rises in the price of food items such as rice, maize, meat, fish, beans… and sweet potatoes,” Ephraim Kwesigabo, a director at state-run National Bureau of Statistics, told a news conference.

The food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation rate increased to 11.2% in the year to November from 10.2% in October 2015.

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