Mozambique ended 2018 with an inflation rate of 3.91%, with accumulated 12-month inflation rising to 3.52%, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Tuesday in Maputo.
INE also reported that the Transport expenditure category was mainly responsible for the general trend of price increases in 2018, contributing 1.83 percentage points to the accumulated inflation.
By product, INE highlighted the rise in prices of semi-public urban and suburban passenger transport, gasoline, meals outside the home, diesel, charcoal, wine and second-hand light vehicles, whose impact on total accumulated inflation was estimated at about 2.46 percentage points.
Throughout 2018 there was a trend towards slight price increases, with the exception of the months of June and July, when prices fell marginally by 0.12% and 0.18%, respectively.
Inflation trends were different in the country’s three biggest cities, and it is more expensive to live in Maputo than in other parts of the country, where accumulated inflation reached 4.33%, against 3.76% in Beira and 1.74% in Nampula.
Figures released by INE indicated that accumulated inflation was 5.66% in 2017 and 25.26% in 2016. (macauhub)