What was the main contributor to the rise in the August 2009 Zambian inflation figure? Electricity tariffs.
According to the measurement by the all items Consumer Price Index (CPI), the annual inflation rate increased by 0.3 of a percentage point from 14.0 percent in July 2009 to 14.3 percent in August 2009.
In the period of August 2008 to August 2009, the annual inflation rate increased for clothing and foot wear; rent; fuel and lighting; medical care and recreation and education.
For the same period, the August 2009 Zambian inflation rate reduced for furniture and household goods; transport and communication; food, beverages and tobacco and other goods and services.
This was as result of decreases in the cost of mealie meal; cereal and cereal products; oils and fats; fresh vegetables and dried beans.
However, increases were recorded in sweet potatoes and irish potatoes; eggs; coffee; meat; dried kapenta; milk and milk products; table salt; tea and other processed food products.
The national average price of 1 kg of tomatoes reduced by 8.1 percent, from K 4,588 to K 4,217.
In the same period, the average price of a 20 liter tin of maize grain increased by 4.0 percent, from K 20,886 to K 21,712. The price of 1kg of dried kapenta (Siavonga) increased by 7.8 percent, from K 45,072 to K 48,609. The national average price of 1kg of mixed cut (beef) increased by 2.8 percent, from K 17,175 to K 17,648.
Switzerland 49 percent
China 10 percent
South Africa 7.6 percent
Democratic Republic of Congo 6 percent
Egypt 3.8 percent.
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