INFLATION DROPS TO 11.23% IN JUNE 2018; 0.37% LOWER THAN MAY 2018 RATE

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says inflation rate, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), has further dropped to 11.23% in June 2018; 0.37% lower than May 2018 rate.

The NBS disclosed this in its CPI report for June 2018 released on Monday in Abuja.

According to the bureau, increases were recorded in all COICOP divisions that yielded the Headline index.

Also, on a month-on-month basis, the headline index increased by 1.24 percent in June 2018, up by 0.15 percent points from the rate recorded in May 2018.

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The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the 12-month period ending June 2018 over the average of the CPI for the previous 12 months period was 14.37 percent, showing 0.42 percent point lower from 14.79 percent recorded in May 2018.

Urban inflation rate eased by 11.68 percent (year-on-year) in June 2018 from 12.08 percent recorded in May 2018, while the rural inflation rate also eased 10.83 percent in June 2018 from 11.20 percent in May 2018.

On a month-on-month basis, the urban index rose by 1.24 percent in June 2018, up by 0.14 from 1.10 percent recorded in May 2018, while the rural index also rose by 1.23 percent in June 2018, up by 0.15 percent from the rate recorded in May 2018(1.08) percent.

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The corresponding 12-month year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index was 14.71 percent in June 2018. This is less than the 15.10 percent reported in May 2018, while the corresponding rural inflation rate in June 2018 was 14.08 percent compared to 14.53 percent recorded in May 2018.

BrandSpur Nigeria reports that the composite food index rose by 12.98 percent in June 2018 versus 3.45 percent recorded in May 2018. This rise in the food index was caused by increases in prices of potatoes, yam and other tubers, bread and cereals, fish, oils and fats, milk, cheese and eggs, vegetables, fruits and meat.

On a month-on-month basis, the food sub-index increased by 1.57 percent in June 2018, up by 0.24 percent points, from 1.33 percent recorded in May 2018.

The average annual rate of change of the Food sub-index for the 12-month period ending June 2018 was 17.75 percent, down 0.61 percent points from the average annual rate of change recorded in May 2018, which was at 18.36 percent.

INFLATION DROPS TO 11.23% IN JUNE 2018; 0.37% LOWER THAN MAY 2018 RATE - Brand Spur