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Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Hits 29.90 In January Amidst Rising Cost Of Living

Inflation graph (Credit: Nairametrics)
In the latest inflation report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s inflation rate for January 2024 has surged to 29.90 percent, marking a significant increase from the 28.92 percent recorded in the preceding month.
Delving into a year-on-year comparison, the inflation rate for January 2023 stood at 21.82 percent, showcasing a considerable leap of 8.08 percent points by January 2024, underscoring an escalated headline inflation rate over the same period in the preceding year.
A closer examination on a month-on-month basis illustrates that the headline inflation rate for January 2024 ascended to 2.64 percent, outpacing the 2.29 percent observed in December 2023 by 0.35 percent points.
This increment elucidates a heightened rise in the average price level for January 2024 relative to the increase noted in December 2023, highlighting the growing inflationary pressures within the nation’s economy.
The NBS reports a significant surge in the food inflation rate for January 2024, reaching a year-on-year high of 35.41. This marks a substantial 11.10 percent-point increase from the 24.32 percent observed in January 2023, highlighting a pronounced rise in the cost of food items.
The key drivers of this inflationary pressure include notable price hikes in essential food commodities such as bread and cereals, potatoes, yams and other tubers, oils and fats, fish, meat, fruits, as well as coffee, tea, and cocoa.
In a more granular month-on-month analysis, the food inflation rate for January 2024 escalated to 3.21 percent, which is 0.49 percent points above the rate recorded in December 2023 (2.72 percent). This increase can be attributed to the accelerated rate of price rises in potatoes, yams and other tubers, bread and cereals, fish, meat, tobacco, and vegetables.

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