NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
overall year-on-year inflation rose to 10.28 percent in March from 9.04 percent
in February driven by increases in several food items due to prevailing drought
conditions, the statistics bureau said on Friday.
non-alcoholic beverages, which account for 36 percent weighting in the
calculation of Consumer Price Indices, saw the most marked year-on-year growth
in prices of 18.56 percent, followed by transport, which grew 4.89 percent.
On a monthly basis, inflation rose 1.67 percent in March compared to the
previous month, according to data released by the Kenya National Bureau of
Between February and March, Food and non-alcoholic drinks’ index increased by
3.18 percent. This, the bureau said, was mainly attributed to increases in
prices of several food items including spinach, maize flour, milk, potatoes, and
"This increase in food prices was partly contributed by prevailing drought
conditions," the bureau said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
The prices were obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection
zones located in Nairobi and 13 other urban centres.