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16.03.2017 Business & Finance

Inflation rate falls to 13.2 per cent in February

By GNA
Inflation rate falls to 13.2 per cent in February
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Accra, March 15, GNA - The rate of Inflation fell marginally in February to close at 13.2 per cent, down by 0.1 percentage point from the 13.3 per cent recorded in January.

The rate is the lowest since December 2013.
The monthly change rate for February 2017 was 0.6 per cent compared to the 2.8 per cent recorded for January 2017.

Mr Baah Wadieh, Acting Government Statistician, attributed the drop to a marginal decline in the price of fuel.

The Food and non-alcoholic beverages group recorded a year-on-year inflation rate of 7.1 per cent, which is 0.1 percentage point higher than the rate recorded in January.

Five subgroups of the food and non-alcoholic beverages group recorded inflation rates higher than the group's average rate of 7.1 per cent.

The non-food group recorded a year-on-year inflation rate of 16.4 per cent in February compared to the 16.6 per cent recorded for January 2017.

Six subgroups recorded year-on-year inflation rates higher than the group's average rate of 16.4 per cent.

Transport recorded the highest inflation rate of 23.3 per cent, followed by Recreation and culture with 22.8 per cent, Furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance with 22.5 per cent, Education with 19.6 per cent, Clothing and footwear with 17.8 percent and Health with 17.1 per cent.

Inflation was lowest in the Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels subgroup at 7.1 per cent.

At the regional level, the year-on-year inflation rate ranged from 11.4 percent in the Volta region to 14.1 percent in the Greater Accra region.

Five regions (Greater Accra, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Western and Ashanti) recorded inflation rates above the national average of 13.2 per cent.

GNA

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