Egypt Inflation Rate Surges to Record After Subsidy Cuts

Egypt Inflation Rate Surges to Record After Subsidy Cuts

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Egypt’s urban annual inflation rate accelerated in July to its highest level in decades, fuelled by a new round of subsidy cuts ordered under the government’s economic reform program. Annual consumer prices in urban areas climbed 33 percent, up from 29.8 percent in June, according to the state-run CAPMAS statistics agency. The month-on-month rate accelerated to 3.2 percent from 0.8 percent in June. Fuel and electricity price increases went into effect at…

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Nigeria Holds Key Rate at 14% as It Seeks Currency Stability

Nigeria Holds Key Rate at 14% as It Seeks Currency Stability

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigeria’s central bank left its main lending rate unchanged for a sixth consecutive meeting as it seeks to hold on to gains it’s made in inflation and exchange-rate stability. The Monetary Policy Committee held the key policy rate at 14 percent, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele told reporters on Tuesday in the capital, Abuja. That was in line with the forecast of all but two of 19 economists in a Bloomberg survey. While inflation in…

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South Africa Cuts Key Rate for the First Time in Five Years

South Africa Cuts Key Rate for the First Time in Five Years

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa’s central bank cut borrowing costs for the first time in five years as inflation eases and after the country slipped into a recession. The Monetary Policy Committee reduced its key rate by 25 basis points to 6.75 per cent, Governor Lesetja Kganyago told reporters Thursday in the capital, Pretoria, citing concern about the nation’s growth outlook. Only three of 23 economists in a Bloomberg survey predicted a reduction. The cut is the…

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South Africa’s Inflation Rate Falls to a 19-Month Low in June

South Africa’s Inflation Rate Falls to a 19-Month Low in June

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa’s inflation rate fell to its lowest in 19 months in June, creating room for the central bank to shift toward looser monetary policy. Inflation slowed to 5.1 percent from 5.4 percent in May, Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said Wednesday in a report on its website. That’s the lowest rate since November 2015. The median of 21 economists’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg was for 5.2 percent. Prices increased 0.2 percent in…

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South Africa Inflation Rate Rises for First Time in 2017

South Africa Inflation Rate Rises for First Time in 2017

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa’s inflation rate rose for the first time this year in May after food-price growth quickened from the slowest pace since December 2015. Consumer-price inflation accelerated to 5.4 percent from 5.3 percent in April, matching the median estimate of 22 economists in a Bloomberg survey and staying within the central bank’s target range for a second month. Prices increased 0.3 percent in the month, Statistics South Africa said in a report…

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Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Falls to Lowest in a Year in May

Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Falls to Lowest in a Year in May

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigeria’s inflation rate fell for a fourth straight month in May, dropping to the lowest in a year as growth in prices of most goods except food eased. Inflation in Nigeria, which vies with South Africa as the continent’s largest economy, slowed to 16.25 percent from 17.2 percent in April, the Abuja-based National Bureau of Statistics said in an emailed report. The median of 15 economists’ estimates in a Bloomberg survey was for…

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Egypt Annual Inflation Eases for First Time Since Pound Float

Egypt Annual Inflation Eases for First Time Since Pound Float

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Egypt’s monthly inflation rate held steady in May, offering new indications that the price surges triggered by last year’s decision to lift foreign exchange restrictions were plateauing as the government pushes ahead with economic reform efforts. The month-on-month urban inflation rate rose 1.7 percent , unchanged from April. The annual rate eased to 29.7 percent from 31.5 percent in April, its first reversal since October, the month before the…

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