Year-on-year, prices of recreation and culture recorded the highest growth rate (12.73 percent), followed by transport cost (11.68 percent) and food (10.85 percent). Prices of housing, water, electricity and gas grew 6.98 percent due to a recent revision of electricity power tariffs.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.94 percent in August, following a 0.46 percent increase in July. The food and non-alcoholic drinks’ index increased by 1.75 percent and the housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’ index rose by 0.32 percent, due to higher cost of cooking fuels as well as house rents. The transport index increased by 0.73 percent, due to a rise in cost of petrol and matatu/bus and air travel fares which outweighed a slight fall in cost of diesel.