Tanzanian inflation down to 7.2% in June

The Tanzanian National Bureau of Statistics has announced that the year-on-year inflation rate in the east African country declined to 7.2 percent in June from 7.9 percent in the previous month.

The trend was attributed to falling prices of food and other commodities, as food inflation dropped by 7.1 percent for the year ending June from 8.1 percent for the year ending May 2010, the Bureau was quoted as saying by the local media on Wednesday.

During the same period, the non-food inflation also dropped to 7.5 percent from 7.7 percent for the year ending May 2010, it added.

Meanwhile, prices fell by 1.1 percent on a month-on-month basis. Among the food items whose prices dropped were cereals, plantains and fruits.

Month-on-month, non-food inflation was up slightly by 0.6 percent due to higher petrol, diesel and kerosene prices, among other things.

Food accounts for 55.9 percent of the shopping basket weight in Tanzania.

Inflation has been slowing across East Africa in the past few months after good rains raised crop output and public investment in agriculture boosted food production.

[Source: Xinhua, Dar es Salaam, 14Jul10]

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