Nigeria’s Inflation declines by 0.52 % in March

e National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Thursday said that inflation dropped by 0.52 per cent in March, the second decline recorded on the year- on- year basis.

The first decline was recorded in February when inflation dropped by 0.94 per cent.

In its latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) for March released in Abuja, the bureau stated that the index, which measured inflation increased by 17.26 per cent year-on-year.

It however, stated that the increase was a slower pace in March when compared to February consumer activities, which was 17.78 per cent.

“This is the second consecutive month of a decline in the headline CPI on a year-on-year basis.

“It represents the effects of stabilizing prices in already high food and non-food prices as well as favorable base effects over 2016 prices.

“It is also indicative of early effects of a strengthened Naira in the foreign exchange market.’’

According to the report, price increases have been recorded in all Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP) divisions that yield the Headline Index.

It, however, stated that the major divisions responsible for accelerating the pace of the increase in the headline index were Housing, Water, Electricity and Gas.

Others it said were Education, Food and Alcoholic Beverages, Clothing and Footwear and Transportation Services.

On a month-on-month basis, the report stated that the Headline index increased by 1.72 per cent in March, 0.23 per cent points higher from the rate recorded in February.

The Food Index increased by 18.44 per cent (year-on-year) in March, slightly down 0.09 per cent points from the rate recorded in February, which was 18.53 per cent.