NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s overall monthly inflation increased
marginally to 3.95 percent in May from 3.75 percent in April due
to increase in some food prices, the statistics bureau said on
The Kenya National
Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) said the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
computed using the geometric mean approach increased by 0.95
percent from 193.18 in April to 195.05 in May.
“Between April and
May, food and non-alcoholic drinks’ index increased by 1.35
percent. This was due to increase in prices of some foodstuffs
outweighing decreases recorded in respect of others,” the bureau
said in a statement.
The bureau said
year-on-year food inflation increased from 0.26 percent in April
to 0.34 percent in May.
According to KNBS,
Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels’ index
increased by 1.79 percent in May compared to 3.24 percent in
“This was mainly
attributed to increase in prices of cooking fuels with charcoal
recording the highest increase of 9.66 percent,” said the
increased by 0.10 percent mainly on account of increase in the
pump price of petrol which outweighed decrease in diesel prices.
The prices were
obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection
zones located in Nairobi and 13 other urban centres.