Monday September 09 2019
Tanzania Inflation Rate Slows to 3.6% in August
Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania decreased to 3.6 percent in August 2019 from 3.7 percent in the prior month, as prices rose at a slower pace mainly for housing & utilities and transport.

Year-on-year, prices slowed primarily for housing & utilities (6.3 percent vs 8.1 percent in July) and transport (2.7 percent vs 4.1 percent). Also, cost rose less for furnishings (3.7 percent vs 3.9 percent); communication (0.7 percent vs 1.1 percent); restaurants & hotels (4.6 percent vs 4.7 percent); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (2.1 percent vs 3.6 percent) and health (1.4 percent vs 2.2 percent). At the same time, inflation remained steady for miscellaneous goods & services (at 2.5 percent) and education (at 1.6 percent).

On the other hand, cost advanced at a faster pace for food & non-alcoholic beverages (3.7 percent vs 2.9 percent); clothing & footwear (2.9 percent vs 2.7 percent) and recreation & culture (1.8 percent vs 1.6 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices decreased 0.5 percent, after falling 0.4 percent in the preceding month, attributable to both food and non-food items. Some food items that contributed to such a decrease were: sardines (-1.0 percent); fruits (-3.7 percent); vegetables (-2.9 percent); lentils (-4.1 percent); potatoes (-6.2 percent) and cooking bananas (-4 percent). On the other hand, non-food items that contributed to the decline included charcoal (-1.1 percent); diesel (-4.2 percent) and petrol (-6.1 percent).

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, fell further to 2.9 percent in August from 3.1 percent in July, reaching its lowest since last November.





Friday August 09 2019
Tanzania Inflation Rate Steady at 3.7% in July
Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania stood at over 1-year high of 3.7 percent in July 2019, unchanged from the previous month. Prices rose faster for food but slowed for transport and housing.

Year-on-year, prices rose faster for food & non-alcoholic beverages (2.9 percent vs 2.3 percent in June); communication (1.1 percent vs 1.0 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (2.5 percent vs 2.4 percent) and health (2.2 percent vs 1.8 percent).

In contrast, inflation slowed for transport (4.1 percent vs 4.8 percent); housing & utilities (8.1 percent vs 8.9 percent); clothing & footwear (2.7 percent vs 3.1 percent); furnishings (3.9 percent vs 4.1 percent); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (3.6 percent vs 4.2 percent); restaurants & hotels (4.7 percent vs 4.8 percent); recreation & culture (1.6 percent vs 3.4 percent) and education (1.6 percent vs 1.8 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices went down 0.4 percent, following a 0.2 percent drop in the preceding month.  Some food items that contributed to such decrease include rice (-2.4 percent); spaghetti (-1.1 percent); sardines (-2.1 percent); fruits (-3.4 percent); coconut (-4.0 percent); round potatoes (-2.3 percent); cassava (-6.5 percent) and cooking bananas (-2.2 percent).

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, edged down to 3.1 percent in July from 3.4 percent in the previous month, reaching its lowest level since February.


Monday July 08 2019
Tanzania Inflation Rate at Over 1-Year High of 3.7%
Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania increased to 3.7 percent in June 2019 from 3.5 percent in the previous month. It was the highest inflation rate since April last year, amid rising prices of food, transport and housing & utilities.

Year-on-year, cost continued to advance for food & non-alcoholic beverages (2.3 percent vs 2.2 percent in May), namely food consumed at home and away from home (4.3 percent vs 3.9 percent); transport (4.8 percent vs 4.1 percent), owing to fuel prices hikes; and housing & utilities (8.9 percent vs 8.8 percent), including electricity and other fuels for use at home with petrol and diesel (11 percent vs 10.5 percent). Additional upward pressure stemmed from alcoholic beverages & tobacco (4.2 percent vs 3.4 percent); recreation & culture (3.4 percent vs 3.2 percent) and communication (1.0 percent vs -1.1 percent).

On the other hand, inflation slowed for clothing & footwear (3.1 percent vs 3.7 percent); furnishings (4.1 percent vs 4.3 percent); restaurants & hotels (4.8 percent vs 4.9 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (2.4 percent vs 2.5 percent); health (1.8 percent vs 2.0 percent) and education (1.8 percent vs 2.1 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices decreased 0.2 percent, after increasing 0.4 percent in the preceding month, mainly due to lower prices of non-food items. Some non-food items that contributed the most to such decrease include gas (2.1 percent); charcoal (2.8 percent); mobile phones (3.7 percent); hand bags (0.5 percent) and clothing (0.2 percent).

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, edged down to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent in the previous month.


Monday June 10 2019
Tanzania Inflation Rate at 1-Year High of 3.5%
Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania rose to 3.5 percent in May 2019 from 3.2 percent in the previous month. It was the highest inflation rate since May last year, as prices advanced faster mostly for food & non-alcoholic beverages and transport.

Year-on-year, prices were higher for food & non-alcoholic beverages (2.2 percent vs 0.9 percent in April) and transport (4.1 percent vs 3.4 percent), mainly attributable to the Ramadan holiday which began on May 5th this year. Additional upward presure came from clothing & footwear (3.7 percent vs 3.6 percent); furnishings (4.3 percent vs 4.2 percent); restaurants & hotels (4.9 percent, the same pace as in April); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (3.4 percent vs 3.2 percent) and recreation & culture (3.2 percent vs 0.6 percent).

Meanwhile, cost slowed for housing & utilities (8.8 percent vs 11.4 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (2.5 percent vs 2.7 percent) and health (2 percent vs 2.2 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.4 percent, slowing from a 0.5 percent rise in the previous month.

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, eased to 3.5 percent from 3.6 percent in the preceding month.


Wednesday May 08 2019
Tanzania Inflation Rate at 4-Month High in April
Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania ticked up to 3.2 percent in April 2019 from 3.1 percent in the previous month. It is the highest inflation rate since December, mainly driven by rising food prices.

Year-on-year, inflation quickened for food & non-alcoholic beverages (0.9 percent vs 0.1 percent in March); clothing & footwear (3.6 percent vs 3.4 percent) and restaurants & hotels (4.9 percent vs 4.8 percent); health (2.2 percent vs 1.8 percent); recreation & culture (0.6 percent vs 0.3 percent) and education (2.1 percent vs 1.9 percent)

On the other hand, prices slowed for housing & utilities (11.4 percent vs 13 percent); transport (3.4 percent vs 4.1 percent); furnishings (4.2 percent vs 4.3 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (2.7 percent vs 3.1 percent). In addition, cost fell for communication (-1.1 percent vs -1.2 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.5 percent, slowing from a 1.4 percent rise in the prior month. Price increases were observed for both food and non-food items, of which rice (1.1 percent); maize flour (1.4 percent); sardines (4.4 percent); fruits (2.8 percent); peas (4.2 percent); round potatoes (1.5 percent); fresh cassava (4.1 percent) and sweet potatoes (2.1 percent). On the other hand, non-food items that contributed the most for the monthly rise included diesel (3.2 percent); second hand garments for men (1.1 percent); maintenance and repair of sewage systems (2.6 percent) and dental services (1.8 percent).

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, eased to 3.6 percent from 3.7 percent in the preceding month.


Monday April 08 2019
Tanzania Inflation Rate Ticks Up to 3.1% in March
National Bureau of Statistics | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania rose slightly to 3.1 percent in March 2019 from 3.0 percent in the previous month, mainly due to higher prices for transport and housing & utilities.

Year-on-year, prices rose faster primarily for transport (4.1 percent vs 3.3 percent in February) and housing & utilities (13 percent vs 12.3 percent). Additional upward pressure came from cost of clothing & footwear (3.4 percent vs 3.3 percent); furnishings (4.3 percent vs 4.1 percent); restaurants & hotels (4.8 percent vs 3.6 percent); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (3.2 percent vs 2.5 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (3.1 percent vs 2.6 percent); health (1.8 percent vs 1.5 percent); recreation & culture (0.3 percent vs 0.2 percent) and education (1.9 percent vs 1.8 percent).

In contrast, inflation softened for food & non-alcoholic beverages (0.1 percent vs 0.5 percent). Also, prices fell for communication (-1.2 percent vs -2.1 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices inched up 1.4 percent, after increasing 1.1 percent in the preceding month. Prices rose faster mainly for food & non-alcoholic beverages (1.7 percent vs 1.3 percent), with positive contribution of rice (0.7 percent); maize grains (0.5 percent); maize flour (3.4 percent); fresh fish (0.7 percent); fresh cow milk (1.4 percent); coconut (5.8 percent); vegetables (3.4 percent); soya beans (2.3 percent); dry peas (4.0 percent), cassava fresh (3.6 percent), sweet potatoes (2.8 percent), dry cassava (1.4 percent), cocoyam (5.5 percent) and cooking bananas (3.3 percent). Also, cost was higher for transport (1 percent vs 0.1 percent) while it slowed for housing & utilities (3.1 percent vs 3.3 percent).

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, peaked to 3.7 percent in March from 3.1 percent in the previous month, reaching its highest level since April 2014.


Friday March 08 2019
Tanzania Inflation Rate Steady at 3% in February
National Bureau of Statistics | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania stood at 3 percent in February of 2019, unchanged from the previous month. Prices slowed for food and transport while rose faster for housing & utilities.

Year-on-year, inflation slowed mainly for food & non-alcoholic beverages (0.5 percent vs 0.7 percent in January) and transport (3.3 percent vs 4.0 percent). Also, cost eased for clothing & footwear (3.3 percent vs 3.7 percent) and education (1.8 percent vs 2.0 percent). In addition, communication prices continued to fall (-2.1 percent vs -2.4 percent)

On the other hand, prices advanced faster for housing & utilities (12.3 percent vs 11.7 percent); furnishings (4.1 percent vs 3.9 percent); restaurants & hotels (3.6 percent vs 2.6 percent); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (2.5 percent vs 2.2 percent); miscellabeous goods & services (2.6 percent vs 2.5 percent) and health (1.5 percent vs 1.0 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices inched up 1.1 percent, after increasing 0.5 percent in the prior month. Main upward pressure came from prices of transport (0.1 percent vs -0.8 percent) and housing & utilities (3.3 percent vs -0.3 percent), including charcoal (3.1 percent) and firewood (7.1 percent). Meantime, food cost rose slightly less (1.3 percent vs 1.4 percent), with positive contributions of rice (1.6 percent); maize grains (1.3 percent); maize flour (2.9 percent); fresh fish (6.4 percent); dried sardines (1.6 percent); fruits (1.5 percent); vegetables (1.7 percent); sweet potatoes (2.7 percent); dry cassava (2.2 percent) and cooking banana (3.4 percent).

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, stood at 3.1 percent in February, unchanged from the previous two months. It holds at the highest level since December 2014.


Friday February 08 2019
Tanzania Inflation Rate Edges Down to 3% in January
National Bureau of Statistics | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania eased to 3 percent in January 2019 from 3.3 percent in the previous month. Softer inflation was seen mainly for food, transport & housing & utilities.

Year-on-year, prices increased at a slower pace mostly for food & non-alcoholic beverages (0.7 percent vs 1.0 percent in December); transport (4.0 percent vs 5.1 percent) and housing & utilities (11.7 percent vs 12.1 percent). Also, cost slowed for furnishings (3.9 percent vs 4.0 percent); restaurants & hotels (2.6 percent vs 2.7 percent) and education (2 percent vs 2.4 percent). Meantime, inflation was steady for health (at 1 percent) and alcoholic beverages & tobacco (at 2.2 percent).

In contrast, prices went up faster for clothing & footwear (3.7 percent vs 3.6 percent) and recreation & culture (0.2 percent vs 0.1 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.5 percent, the same pace as in the previous month.

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, stood at 3.1 percent in January, unchanged from the previous month.


Tuesday January 08 2019
Tanzania Annual Inflation Rate at 3-Month High in December
National Bureau of Statistics | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania rose to 3.3 percent in December of 2018 from 3.0 percent in the previous month. It was the highest inflation rate since September, driven by higher cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Year-on-year, prices increased further for food & non-alcoholic beverages (1.0 percent compared to 0.4 percent in November); clothing & footwear (3.6 percent compared to 3.3 percent); furnishings & household equipment (4.0 percent compared to 2.9 percent); restaurants & hotels (2.7 percent compared to 1.9 percent); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (2.2 percent compared to 1.6 percent) and miscellaneous goods & services (2.6 percent compared to 1.7 percent). Also, cost of recreation & culture rebounded (0.1 percent compared to -0.7 percent) and prices of communication declined at a softer pace (-2.6 percent compared to -2.7 percent).

On the other hand, cost slowed for housing & utilities (12.1 percent compared to 13.4 percent) and inflation was steady for transport (5.1 percent, the same as in November) and education (at 2.4 percent). 

On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.5 percent, after rising 0.3 percent in the prior month, boosted by higher prices of both food namely maize grans (5.5 percent), maize flour (1.2 percent), cassava flour (6.6 pecent), sorghum flour (4.9 percent) and vegetables (3.1 percent) and non-food items, mostly garments for men and women (0.6 percent), garments for children (0.7 percent), petrol (1.7 percent) and diesel (0.9 percent). 

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, advanced to 3.1 percent from 2.6 percent in November.

The annual average inflation rate for 2018 was at 3.5 percent, compared to 5.3 percent in the 2017. 


Monday December 10 2018
Tanzania Annual Inflation Rate Remains Lowest on Record
National Bureau of Statistics | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com

The annual inflation rate in Tanzania fell to 3.0 percent in November of 2018 from 3.2 percent in the previous month. It remained the lowest inflation rate on record, mainly due to a slowdown in cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Year-on-year, prices eased for food & non-alcoholic beverages (0.4 percent compared to 1.2 percent in October); housing & utilities (13.4 percent compared to 14.1 percent); clothing & footwear (3.3 percent compared to 3.4 percent); and alcoholic beverages & tobacco (1.6 percent compared to 1.9 percent). 

Meanwhile, cost advanced further for transport (5.1 percent compared to 3.0 percent); furnishings & household equipment (2.9 percent compared to 2.8 percent) and miscellaneous goods & services (1.7 percent compared to 1.6 percent). Also, inflation was steady for restaurants & hotels (at 1.9 percent, the same as in October) and education (at 2.4 percent). Additionally, prices continued to decline for  communication (-2.7 percent, the same as in October) and recreation & culture (-0.7 percent compared to -1.0 percent). 

On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.3 percent, rebounding from a 0.3 percent decrease in the prior month; mainly due to higher cost of non-food items namely kerosene (0.2 percent), charcoal (0.2 percent), firewood (0.5 percent), diesel (9.7 percent) and petrol (1.5 percent).

Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, increased to 2.6 percent from 2.3 percent in October.