Nigeria’s inflation hits 22.79% in June

Nigeria’s headline inflation rate has accelerated for the sixth consecutive time to 22.79 percent in June 2023 from 22.41 percent in the previous month, data by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, released on Monday disclosed.

The NBS report read: “Looking at the movement, the June 2023 Headline inflation rate showed an increase of 0.38 percentage points when compared to May 2023 headline inflation rate.

“On a year-on-year basis, the Headline inflation rate was 4.19 percentage points higher compared to the rate recorded in June 2022, which was 18.60 per cent.

“This shows that the Headline inflation rate, year-on-year basis, increased in June 2023 when compared to the same month in the preceding year, i.e., June 2022”.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages, 11.81 percent led the list of items that contributed to the rising inflation figure.

The World Bank had projected that the removal of fuel subsidy would contribute to the country’s increasing inflation.

In its June 2023 Nigeria Development Update, the bank said: “The removal of the petrol subsidy is anticipated to cause a temporary increase in inflation in the upcoming months before contributing to disinflation in the medium term”.

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